Joy Champaloux joined Sasakawa USA in November 2016. She serves as a Program Officer providing programmatic support for research projects focused on security and foreign affairs, energy and technology, cybersecurity, economics, and other emerging issues with the U.S.-Japan relationship. She also manages the U.S. Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Alumni Association mini-grant program for JET alumni chapters in the United States. Previously, Champaloux supported Sasakawa USA’s Education Program including The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program, Views of Japan series, Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program, and additional partnerships with educators and students.
Prior to joining Sasakawa USA, Champaloux worked for the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. in its Political Section from 2013 to 2016. In this capacity, she provided logistical, administrative, and research support to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense on policy issues pertaining to the U.S.-Japan security alliance. From 2009 to 2012, Champaloux taught English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in rural Wakayama Prefecture. She has served five years on the board of the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. (JETAADC), including two terms as President, where she led the organization’s efforts to formally establish its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2017. She serves on the JET Program application review and interview committees and is a member of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.
Champaloux earned her BA in International Studies with a minor in Economics and Japanese language from Willamette University in Salem, OR. She interned at the Hawaii State Legislature and studied abroad at Tokyo International University in Saitama Prefecture.