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Washington, DC 20005-2102
Tel: (202) 347-1994
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After Congress created the Mansfield Fellowship Program in honor of Mike Mansfield’s commitment to public service, the D.C. office was established in 1994 to facilitate the program. While the Fellowship program remains a major focus of the foundation, the D.C. office also hosts other Asia-related programs, including other exchanges, policy dialogues, and research projects.
President and CEO
Frank Jannuzi joined the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director (Advocacy, Policy and Research) at Amnesty International, USA. There he shaped and promoted legislation and policies to advance universal human rights, protect individuals and communities at risk, and free prisoners of conscience.
From 1997-2012 Mr. Jannuzi was Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he advised Committee Chairmen Joseph Biden and John Kerry on a range of security, political, economic, and human rights issues pertaining to U.S. relations with East Asia. During his tenure with the Foreign Relations Committee, he also was a Hitachi Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006-2007, serving as a visiting lecturer at Keio University and a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Policy Studies in Tokyo. Early in his career, he served for nine years as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Mr. Jannuzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has traveled throughout Asia and has written extensively on East Asia policy issues, including U.S. relations with Japan, China, and North Korea. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Martin, and their two daughters Zoe and Camille.
Benjamin Self is Vice President of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Mr. Self 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 major Foundation programs, Mr. Self provides strategic advice to the Foundation’s President and CEO on the Foundation’s administration, direction, and mission and assists the President in leading the Foundation’s development and fundraising efforts.
Mr. Self previously was the inaugural Takahashi Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. From 1998-2008 he was at the Henry L. Stimson Center as a Senior Associate working on Japanese security policy. While at the Stimson Center, he directed projects on Japan-China relations, fostering security cooperation between the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the PRC, Japan’s nuclear option, and confidence-building measures. Mr. Self has also carried out research and writing in areas such as nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, ballistic missile defense, Taiwan’s security, Northeast Asian security dynamics, the domestic politics of Japanese defense policy, and Japan’s global security role. From 2003 until 2008, Mr. Self was living in Africa and studying the role of Japan in Africa, including in humanitarian relief, economic development, conflict prevention, and resource extraction. He also has served as adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and American University.
Mr. Self earned a BA at Stanford and an MA in Japan Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has worked in the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Keio University on a Fulbright grant from 1996 until 1998.
Associate Director of Programs
Stephanie Sanders is the Associate Director of Programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, where she works to develop, promote, and implement the Mike Mansfield Fellowship and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future programs. In this role, Ms. Sanders coordinates extensively with Foundation staff in Montana and Tokyo, program participants across the United States and Japan, and U.S. and Japanese government officials. She also engages directly with the Department of State on the administration and evaluation of the Mansfield Fellowship Program.
Previously, Ms. Sanders served as the Project Director for the U.S. Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association (US JETAA). She has also held positions as the Research Associate for the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) and as the Coordinator for U.S.-Japan trade issues with the Economic Section at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. She is an alumna of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, where she served for three years as an Assistant Language Teacher in Akita prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Originally hailing from northeastern Oklahoma, Ms. Sanders holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Smith College an MA in International Education at George Washington University.
Associate Director of Communications
Tim White is the Associate Director of Communications at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Mr. White works with the Mansfield Foundation’s offices in Washington, Tokyo, and Montana to edit and produce messaging for the Foundation, including its newsletter, social media, website content, and reports. He also oversees the Mansfield Foundation’s public relations and manages the design, production, and distribution of the Foundation’s publications.
Mr. White joined the Mansfield Foundation in 2018. He was previously a Project Associate in congressional and media outreach at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), coordinating NBR’s social media, briefings on Capitol Hill, and media interviews. As a Communications Specialist at the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), he provided communications and technical support for the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership between USJC and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. White studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at Sophia University in Tokyo and holds a BA in Global Studies from Loyola University Maryland and an MA in International Relations with a concentration in Japan Studies from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Natasha Little is a Program Manager at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Ms. Little’s main responsibilities include managing Foundation programs including the U.S.-Japan Space Forum, the Trilateral Collaboration in East Asia: Korea-U.S.-Japan Dialogue on Aligning Security Concerns and Spent Fuel Strategies, and the Corporate Friends of Mansfield program.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Little was the Events Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Advancement at the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit whose mission is to foster leadership and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. In this position, she managed the logistics for large-scale benefits and special donor programming. Previously, she worked for over four years as the Diplomatic Assistant for the Management and Coordination Section at the Embassy of Japan in D.C. She graduated from George Washington University in 2010 with a BA in Asian Studies and Japanese Language and Literature.
Director of Finance
Ms. Nichols is the Director of Finance at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. She is responsible for accounting and financial administration, overseeing the budgeting process and financial reporting. She is also responsible for establishing and maintaining policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Nichols was the CFO at Western Montana Mental Health Center for more than 20 years. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Montana, and is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Ms. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Accounting and Finance emphases and a Master of Accountancy, both from the University of Montana. She is a native Montanan and lives in Missoula with her husband Jim.
Bradley Thompson joined the Mansfield Foundation as a Finance Officer in April 2019. Mr. Thompson’s primary responsibilities include helping to lead budgeting and program reporting functions, managing day-to-day accounting for program participants and staff. He also has special focus stewarding the Mansfield Fellowship Program financials, assists the Director of Finance with other accounting, finance, and compliance matters.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Thompson served for over 8 years as a Corporate Financial Controller at a Global Fortune 500 Company. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Finance and a BA in International Studies with a focus in Development Economics. After graduation, Mr. Thompson served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer from 2008-2009 in Guatemala, where he worked with NGOs and local leaders to build the capacity of rural farming cooperative communities through business assistance, education, and journalism.
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The Tokyo office was established in 1997 to assist the Foundation with its programs abroad. As a smaller office, it works directly with the Japan-based Board members on Board programs and Foundation activities and is particularly involved with the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program. 日本語はこちらへ
Director, Tokyo Office
Teruyo Kuramoto is the Director for the Mansfield Foundation in Tokyo. Ms. Kuramoto serves as the main point of contact for the Foundation’s programs in Japan and manages the administration of the Mansfield Fellowship Program, a congressionally mandated $2.2 million professional exchange for mid-level U.S. government employees. She also assists with coordination of the Foundation’s Mansfield American-Pacific Lecture in Tokyo and all other Foundation activities in Japan. She has been with the Foundation since January 1997.
Ms. Kuramoto previously worked as a Program Specialist for the Fulbright Program in Japan from 1988 to 1996, where she was responsible for the full spectrum of duties related to the Program. She has also been employed as a Research Assistant in the Rating Division of the Japan Credit Rating Agency, from 1985 to 1988, where she researched and analyzed foreign financial markets, industry trends, and political and economic situations.
Ms. Kuramoto has a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Rikkyo University. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Education from the American University, Washington, D.C.
Associate Director of Programs
Saori Kobayashi joined the Mansfield Foundation in April 2015 and became program manager in August 2016. In her current position she helps coordinate, manage, and implement Foundation programs including the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program and the Mansfield–PhRMA Research Scholars Program.
Prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation, Ms. Kobayashi served as a senior communications/public information assistant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Japan. From 2012-2014, she worked at the International Peace Cooperation Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Foreign Policy Bureau, where she was responsible for program management, coordinating with program implementers, and conducting research on peacekeeping policies. Ms. Kobayashi studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and has an MA in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and a BA in Foreign Studies from Sophia University.
Administrative and Program Assistant
Nanae Yamashiro joined the Mansfield Foundation in 2019. She provides research, translation, and logistics support for the Foundation’s Tokyo office and assists with the implementation of the Mansfield Fellowship Program and other programs in Japan.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Yamashiro worked for the Intelligence Analysis Service of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has served as a Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS and visiting scholar at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Ms. Yamashiro holds an MA in International Political Economy and BA in International Relations from the University of Tsukuba.
Distinguished and Senior Fellows