Joy Champaloux joined Sasakawa USA as an Associate Program Officer in November 2016. She leads all programming aspects of Sasakawa USA’s Education Program, which offers opportunities for U.S. policymakers, experts, and the broader public to improve their understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship through frequent public events, people-to-people exchanges, dialogues, and fellowships.
Prior to joining Sasakawa USA, Joy 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, Joy taught English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in rural Wakayama Prefecture. She now serves as President of the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. (JETAADC), a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit dedicated to serving JET alumni in the Washington, D.C. metro area and furthering the JET Program’s goal of promoting grassroots internationalization and education in local communities. She is on the JET Program application review and interview committees and is a member of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.
Joy earned her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Economics from Willamette University in Salem, OR. She has interned at the Hawaii State Legislature and studied abroad at Tokyo International University in Saitama Prefecture.