Profiles 2009-2011

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Jordan Gregg Heiber | Rachelle Morgannette Johnson | Taria Siobhan McAfee | Matthew Poggi |James Timothy Spillane |

Jordan Gregg Heiber

Current Title: Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Japan Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Agency during Fellowship: U.S. Department of State

Fellowship Objective: Examine Japan’s role as an economic leader in Asia and how it economically engages with its neighbors and in regional economic forums, such as APEC; gain firsthand insight into how bilateral and regional trade policies are developed in Japan.

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Rachelle Morgannette Johnson

Current Title: Senior Legislative Assistant, United States Senate

Agency During Fellowship: United States Senate

Fellowship Objective: Attain an in-depth perspective on Japan’s approach to regional security, especially as it relates to defense priorities and spending, and gain and understanding of Japan’s approach to economic and humanitarian assistance.

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Taria Siobhan McAfee

Current Title: Attorney, Federal Aviation Administration

Agency during Fellowship: Federal Aviation Administration

Fellowship Objective: Gain firsthand understanding of Japan’s legal and legislative policies and processes that regulate its aviation and contractual systems; learn about Japan’s procurement of new aviation technologies, equipment, and software and gain insight into the formation of aviation safety initiatives and agreements.

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Matthew Poggi

Current Title: Economist, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Agency during Fellowship: U.S. Department of Treasury

Fellowship Objective: Develop an understanding of Japan’s fiscal and financial economic policy, especially its role in international financial policy through bilateral and multilateral fora and stabilization of financial markets.

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James Timothy Spillane

Current Title: Senior FAA Representative, Pacific Rim (U.S. Embassy, Japan)

Agency during Fellowship: Federal Aviation Admission

Fellowship Objective: Gain a firsthand understanding of the Japanese decision-making process and implementation of technology in developing its Next Generation Air Transportation System and its harmonizing efforts with adjacent Air Navigation System Providers.

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