Washington, D.C. | Missoula, Montana | Tokyo, Japan | Fellows
1156 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-2102
Tel: (202) 347-1994
Fax: (202) 347-3941
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
Ari Lee is an Associate Director of Programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. She is responsible for designing and implementing the Bridging the Divide program and Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network, as well as all Korea-related programs. She also shares responsibilities on different programs including the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program and the Foundation’s Visiting Fellows.
Her previous professional experience with nonprofits in South Korea focused on international exchange programs, managing volunteer abroad, study abroad, Corporate Social Responsibility, and thematic educational projects. She also started her own nonprofit to connect people and ideas to develop international relationships in South Korea. She has a BA in Polish Literature and Language from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and an MA in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Training Design from SIT Graduate Institute.
Associate Director of Programs
Sayuri Romei is the Associate Director of Programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, where she is responsible for the Mansfield Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts Program and the Mansfield Foundation – CIIS Forum on Northeast Asian Cooperation on energy and climate change, among other programs.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Romei was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation, where she researched Japan’s evolving perceptions on U.S. extended nuclear deterrence and ways to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. Prior to that, she was a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center, the Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and a MacArthur Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Dr. Romei also carried out research and writing on U.S.-Japan defense cooperation and Japan’s nuclear hedging posture. Dr. Romei is part of the 2020 class of CSIS’ Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Mid-Career Cadre Program.
Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Kyodo News, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and The Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, among others, and she appeared on BBC World News, PBS NewsHour, NK News, and the National Journal to comment on foreign policy and security issues in East Asia. She holds a BA in English Literature from Sorbonne University, a BA in International Relations from the University of Roma La Sapienza, an MA in International Relations, and a PhD in Political Science from Roma Tre University. In addition to English and Japanese, Dr. Romei speaks Italian and French.
Associate Director of Programs
Nathan Finch is an Associate Director of Programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, where he manages the flagship Mansfield Fellowship Program, a two-year international exchange and professional development opportunity for U.S. federal employees in Japan. His portfolio also includes the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program.
Mr. Finch joined the Foundation in October 2022 from DAI, where he was a Project Associate in their Middle East and North Africa programs, and previously worked on the International Visitor Leadership Program and World Learning. He spent five years in Akita Prefecture as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Program in Semboku, Japan. Mr. Finch holds a BA in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento and an MA in international education from the George Washington University.
Director of Communications
Tim White is the 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.
Juliane Doscher is a Program Manager at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Ms. Doscher manages the the Cybersecurity Working Group and the U.S.-Japan Cooperation in the World series. In addition, she provides programmatic support to the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and the Maureen Mansfield Women’s Empowerment Series, among others.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Doscher was most recently Executive Assistant to the President and CEO at the Atlantic Council. Previously, she worked as Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President and Chairman at Sasakawa USA, where she oversaw and managed Sasakawa USA’s Alumni Program. Prior to that, Ms. Doscher worked at the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C., where her roles included Sakura Matsuri Assistant, Program Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Japanese Studies and served as a Student Delegate to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Kakehashi Friendship Ties Program in January 2016.
Office Manager / Executive Assistant
Amelia Hecsh is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant at the Mansfield Foundation. Ms. Hecsh joined the Foundation as an intern in December 2022 and was promoted to her current position in March 2023, where she assists the President and CEO, manages the Washington, DC office, and provides support to the Mansfield Foundation-CIIS Forum on Northeast Asia Cooperation and the Corporate Friends of Mansfield program, among other programs.
Ms. Hecsh holds a BS in Psychology, a BA in Classics, and a Certificate in Criminology and the Criminal Justice System from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MA in International Security from George Mason University. While at George Mason, she spent a semester abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She speaks conversational Korean, and is continuing her Korean studies.
Peyton Goodman is a Program Assistant at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Ms. Goodman manages the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Thomas S. Foley Legislative Exchange. She provides support for the Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts and Trilateral Youth Empowerment programs, among others.
Ms. Goodman joined the Foundation from the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, where she was an Operations and Program Coordinator. She was an Assistant Language Teacher in Oita, Japan as part of the JET Program and has prior experience at the US-Asia Institute and Japan-America Society of Kentucky. She holds a BA in International Studies from Centre College and is completing an MA in Global Governance, Politics, and Security at the American University School of International Service.
Sang Hyun Back
Sang Hyun Back is a Program Assistant at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Mr. Back provides support to the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network, Bridging the Divide, and Visiting Fellows programs.
Mr. Back joined the Foundation in Spring 2023 and has previously worked at the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and interned at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC. He has taught English in Korea and Japan, and speaks fluent Korean and conversational Japanese. He holds an MA in Asian Studies from George Washington University.
Mansfield Library, 4th Floor
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Tel: (406) 243-2215
Fax: (202) 243-2181
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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5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku
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 professional exchange program established by Congress for mid-level U.S. government employees. She also leads efforts on Tokyo-based activities including Corporate Friends of Mansfield and guest speaker events among 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.
Administrative and Program Manager
Naomi Ando joined the Mansfield Foundation as Administrative and Program Manager in April 2020. She has been engaged in a variety of professional responsibilities both in the private and public sectors. From 2002-2006, she worked at the Gaza Headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), first as Information Officer of the Public Information Office and later as External Relations & Project Officer of the External Relations Department.
Immediately prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation, she worked for 5 years with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, where she was in charge of a grassroots program that dispatched Japanese volunteers to introduce Japanese culture to U.S. citizens, in addition to other intellectual grant projects. Ms. Ando holds a BA in Arabic from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri, and an LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.
Ayako Saeki joined the Mansfield Foundation as a program manager in February 2022. In this role, she helps coordinate, manage, and implement Foundation programs, including the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program.
Prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation, Ms. Saeki served as an inbound support coordinator at the AFS Intercultural Exchange, Japan, from 2008 to 2020, where she was responsible for assisting inbound program participants studying in Japan, including organizing orientations, maintaining daily correspondences with local volunteers and international partner organizations, and offering counseling services. Between 2003 and 2008, Ms. Saeki worked for another exchange program organization, the Japan Foundation for Intercultural Exchange, where she assisted with coordinating a homestay program and intercultural events for high school exchange students from various countries. Ms. Saeki received an MA in Counseling and Development from Auburn University Montgomery in the United States and a BA in Asian History from Meiji University. Ms. Saeki was born in Illinois and formerly spent 6 years in Jakarta when she was in middle and high school; she has a genuine interest and passion for promoting intercultural learning opportunities and creating a bridge among nations.
Distinguished and Senior Fellows