Erim M. Gulum joined Sasakawa USA in January 2022 and serves as the Associate Program Officer of the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative at Sasakawa USA. Working closely to support Senior Director Jim Schoff, he handles program logistics and research for the initiative.
Erim graduated with a master’s in international affairs with a focus on Japan and politics in 2021 from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). At GPS, he led the school’s Japan focus society, and interned at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Prior to graduate school he worked on the JET Program in the City of Kitakyushu from 2016-2018. He considers his time on JET as integral to his decision to change careers from education to international relations. While studying history & education at Hofstra University, he was a volunteer firefighter/EMT in his hometown, which he credits as critical to the development of his passion for public service. Erim is enthusiastic about building connections between people, cross cultural interactions, and contributing to the US-Japan alliance.