JETAANC Leadership

JETAANC is a member (Chapter US-13) of the JET Alumni Association of the United States of America (JETAA USA), as well as a registered nonprofit organization in the state of California. We also partner frequently with the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco to help promote the JET Program and support outbound and recently returned JET alumni in our region. To learn more about JETAANC’s activities, join the chapter as a JET alumni or Friend of JET and receive email updates.

Executive Committee

The JETAANC Executive Committee (EC) consists of the current officers handling the day-to-day operations of the chapter, reporting to the chapter’s Board of Directors (see below) to draft the chapter’s annual budget, plan and host events, and communicate with JET alumni in our region and throughout the country. The EC members run most chapter meetings and events, and work closely with the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco to support the mission and recruitment of the JET Program. EC members consist of JET alumni living in our region, from recent returnees to those who have been back for 10 or more years.

Recent returnees and those who have been back from JET for a few (or many!) years are welcome to join the Executive Committee and help plan chapter events, support partnerships with external organizations, organize social activities to bring JET alumni and friends together, or build skills that may help in a current or future job search!

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Melissa Golden

President

Hokkaido 2007-2012

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Anna Fung

Treasurer

Iwate 2011-2014

Activity Committee

The JETAANC Activity Committee (AC) is a team of active members who collaborate with the EC to plan, organize, and execute chapter events and activities. AC members meet once a month and are welcome to bring their own ideas and passions to the table - these interests have led to a regular film discussion club and monthly music corner on our blog. 

Recent returnees and those who have been back from JET for a few (or many!) years are welcome to join the Activity Committee and help plan chapter events, support partnerships with external organizations, organize social activities to bring JET alumni and friends together, or build skills that may help in a current or future job search!

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Brian Hsieh

Activity Committee Secretary

Nagasaki 2017-2019

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Ryan Okada

Member

Shiga 2007-2012

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Akiyo Horiguchi

Film Club Coordinator

Toyama 2011-2014

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Jay Yamanaga

Member

Fukushima 2004-2008

Board of Directors

As a California Public Benefit Corporation / 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for nearly 30 years, JETAANC relies on our Board of Directors to guide the chapter’s mission and oversee the Executive Committee members. The Board of Directors consists of distinguished JET alumni and members of the community who have contributed to the success of our chapter throughout its history—in some cases, from before we were even officially formed! The Board of Directors also organizes the JETAANC Scholarship project each year.

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Arisa Takahashi

Board Chair

Nara 1991-1994

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Emily Normile

Secretary

Fukuoka 2004-2007

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Peter Weber

EC Liaison

Saitama 2004-2007

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Xander Peterson

Board Member

Miyazaki 2009 - 2012