Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is proud to welcome Sara Harriger, who joined the Washington, DC, office on March 4 as Vice President.

Ms. Harriger will serve as an integral part of the Mansfield Foundation’s senior leadership team, providing strategic advice and assisting President and CEO Frank Jannuzi in the Foundation’s program development and fundraising efforts.

Ms. Harriger has more than 15 years of professional experience, including five years as the Executive Director of the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in her home state of alaska. Previously, she served for over a decade as a U.S. diplomat, including assignments in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, Iraq, and France.

“Sara brings a unique mix of executive management skills, knowledge of international relations, and public service to Mansfield,” said Mr. Jannuzi. “Her proven dedication to international exchange—particularly with U.S. partners in Asia—will greatly benefit the Foundation, advance its programs, and help us sustain Mike Mansfield’s vision of understanding and cooperation across the region.”

Dr. Gerald Curtis, Director of the Mansfield Board of Directors, added, “The skills and experience that Sara brings to the Foundation are just what it needs as it seeks to expand the diversity, scale, and depth of programming bridging the Pacific.”

“I am honored to join the Mansfield Foundation,” said Sara. “As Senator Mansfield once said, in today’s accelerating, shrinking world, we have the responsibility to set an example of listening, accommodation, compromise, knowledge, and understanding. I believe deeply in the power of exchanges to build that kind of mutual understanding, and I look forward to working with the outstanding board and staff at the Mansfield Foundation to steward this legacy.”

At the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Ms. Harriger leveraged technology and partnerships to significantly expand program capacity during the pandemic. During her assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Ms. Harriger led implementation of the Department of State’s flagship exchange programs, including the International Visitor Leadership Program and the Fulbright exchange, and spearheaded development of policies and strategies to increase bilateral student exchange between Japan and the United States. She has developed award-winning models for youth engagement, implemented in Japan and Iraq.

Ms. Harriger earned a BA in Anthropology and Foreign Languages at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.