Participant Bios


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David Boling Deputy Executive Director
The Mansfield Foundation
Emma Chanlett-Avery Specialist, Asian Affairs
Congressional Research Service
Harrison Cook Vice President, International Affairs
Eli Lilly
Nathaniel Graddy Director, Operations and Strategy
Boeing Japan
Keith Krulak International Economist
U.S. Department of State
Robert Pekkanen Chair, Japan Studies Program
University of Washington
Kai Shimizu Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Colombia University
Jennifer Sklarew PhD Candidate
George Mason University
Mireya Solís Japan Coordinator
ASEAN Studies Center Fellow


David Boling
Deputy Executive Director
The Mansfield Foundation

David Boling is Deputy Executive Director of the Mansfield Foundation. Mr. Boling serves as Director of the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a congressionally-mandated professional exchange for mid-level U.S. government employees. He also manages the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a program launched in 2009 to foster a new generation of Japan specialists. In addition to supervising these and other programs, Mr. Boling provides counsel and strategic advice to the Executive Director regarding the Foundation’s administration, direction and mission.

Mr. Boling participated in the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program from 1999-2001 as a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division. While at the Justice Department, he also served for one year as Antitrust Counsel to the Chairman of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2007-2010 he was Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder from Arkansas and in 2010 ran in the Democratic Party primary election to represent Arkansas’ Second Congressional District.

Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Boling was Senior Policy and Legal Analyst at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, which is part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His previous legal experience also includes serving as Counsel for the Little Rock law firm of Mitchell Williams PLLC and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

Mr. Boling earned his BA and JD from the University of Arkansas. After completing his Master of Laws from Columbia University and before joining the Justice Department, he was a law clerk in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, conducting legal research for the Office of Japan Affairs, Office of the General Counsel and Deputy USTR for Financial Services. He began his career as an assistant English teacher in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program. He has written numerous articles on Japanese antimonopoly law and legal and regulatory developments in Japan. Mr. Boling is married to Mine Sasaguri, who was a reporter for Fuji Television for thirteen years and is now a free-lance journalist. They have two children, Christopher and Ellen. Top


Emma Chanlett-Avery
Specialist, Asian Affairs
Congressional Research Service

Emma Chanlett-Avery is a specialist in Asian affairs in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade division of the Congressional Research Service. She focuses on security issues in the region, including U.S. relations with North Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. A graduate of Amherst College and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Ms. Chanlett-Avery joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship. She has also held positions in the State Department in the Office of Policy Planning and on the Korea Desk, as well as at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand. Professional and academic fellowships include the Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship, the Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in advanced Japanese, the American Assembly Next Generation Fellowship, and a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State. She currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Working Group on the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Top


Harrison Cook
Vice President, International Affairs
Eli Lilly

Harrison Cook joined Lilly in August 2003 as the international government affairs manager for Japan and was responsible for developing and implementing all of Lilly’s Washington D.C. government affairs strategies on clinical, regulatory and pricing policy issues for Japan. In April 2005, he became director for Japan and Asia Pacific, extending his responsibility to China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Australia and the other major Asia Pacific markets. In August 2009, he was promoted to vice president of international government affairs, and now oversees all the company’s engagements with the U.S. and foreign governments on all trade-related issues. He also maintains primary responsibility for the Asian markets. He is active on all of PhRMA’s Japan and Asia Pacific committees, and he chairs the Japan Committee, Taiwan Task Force and China Data Protection Work Group.

Mr. Cook was previously the chief of deregulation and trade policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Japan. In that role, he was the lead technical negotiator with Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare regarding pharmaceutical and medical device reimbursement and regulatory issues. Mr. Cook negotiated five agreements with the Ministry and received a number of awards from the department for his work. Mr. Cook was also the principle staff person responsible for developing and implementing the department’s overall Japan trade policy.

Mr. Cook, an active martial artist, is a long-time student of Japan, and is a board member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies. He earned an MA in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan as well as an MA in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. During graduate school he worked as an intern at USTR’s Office of Japan as well as at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka, Japan. His BA is in East Asian studies and psychology from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Top


Nathaniel Graddy
Director, Operations and Strategy
Boeing Japan

Nathaniel Graddy is currently a director of operations and strategy at Boeing Japan. He previously served as deputy director of governmental affairs at Aflac International. Prior to joining Aflac International, he was business development associate at ITOCHU international, where he was in charge of facilitating investments and other business tie-ups between internal business groups and U.S. technology companies. He received an MS in Foreign Service with concentrations in foreign policy and international security from Georgetown University.  Top


Keith Krulak
International Economist
U.S. Department of State

Keith Krulak is an international economist at the U.S. Department of State. He is an expert on Japan’s macro economy and its financial sector, and U.S.-Japan relations. As a Mansfield Fellow from 2001 to 2003, he worked in the Ministry of Finance and Cabinet Office, where he learned the process of economic and financial policies formulated in Japan and gained an understanding of the relationship between Japan’s executive and legislative branches in establishing economic and financial policies. After returning to the Department of the Treasury, he made a presentation on functions and characteristics of the Economic and Fiscal Management Directorate under the Cabinet Office to Japan watchers in Washington, D.C. Top


Robert Pekkanen
Chair, Japan Studies Program
University of Washington

Robert Pekkanen is chair of the Japan Studies Program and associate professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. While on leave from UW, he is currently an associate professor at the University of Tsukuba. His articles on Japanese politics have been published and acclaimed in several journals including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Asian Studies, and the Journal of Japanese Studies. His current areas of research and teaching interest are civil society, Japanese neighborhood associations, Japanese party politics and legislative organization and comparative party and legislative organization. He received his PhD in political science from Harvard University.  Top


Kai Shimizu
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Colombia University

Kay Shimizu is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Shimizu’s research concerns the political economy of Japan and greater China, with a current focus on central-local fiscal relations and financial politics. In Japan, she has been a research scholar at Gakushuin University and RIETI (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry). During 2009-2010, she was an advanced research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. She earned her BA in Economics and International Relations and PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.  Top


Jennifer Sklarew
PhD Candidate
George Mason University

Jennifer Sklarew, a U.S.-Japan energy policy specialist, is currently pursuing her PhD at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Her doctoral research examines the potential effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis on Japan’s energy policy making system. She previously served for eight years as an international trade specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Japan, where her work included Japanese electricity and gas deregulation, the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, and cross-sectoral transparency issues. As a Mike Mansfield Fellow from 2003 to 2005, she spent one year in; Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cabinet Office; and Diet member Taro Kono’s office. Prior to entering the government, Ms. Sklarew worked as a Washington, D.C.-based energy policy consultant to Japanese utility companies, and as a policy analyst for the Japan Nuclear Fuel Cycle Development Institute. Ms. Sklarew received her MA in Japan studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has published and presented frequently on U.S.-Japan energy issues. Top


Mireya Solís
Japan Coordinator, ASEAN Studies Center Fellow of American University, SIS

Mireya Solís is an associate professor and Japan Coordinator of ASEAN Studies Center at the School of International Service, American University. Her research interests cover international and comparative political economy, Japanese politics and foreign policy, and regional integration in East Asia and North America. Dr. Solís has authored and published frequently on U.S.-Japan relations and received numerous prizes and academic distinctions, such as the Young Scholar Award from the Association of Japanese Business Studies, and Fulbright and Ford Foundation scholarships for her works. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. Top


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