Joy Champaloux joined Sasakawa USA in November 2016 and now serves as a Program Officer for the Education Program. Her portfolio includes Sasakawa USA’s Views of Japan series, The Alliance Working in America series, and the U.S. Jet Alumni Association (USJETAA) mini-grant program for JET alumni chapters. She also leads the planning and logistics for other Education Program public/private events, including Sasakawa USA’s partnerships with educators and students. Joy also coordinated two Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) trips in 2017.
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 B.A. 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.