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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.