Shanti Shoji joined Sasakawa USA in February 2020 and serves as the Director for Programs, overseeing the development and management of Sasakawa USA’s grants and programs.
A passionate interculturalist, Shanti has spent her entire career in U.S.-Japan relations. Prior to joining Sasakawa USA, she co-founded Kizuna Across Cultures in 2011. She served as the Vice President and led operations for Global Classmates, the organization’s virtual language and cultural exchange program. From 2010-2013, Shanti worked at the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., as the Cultural Affairs Coordinator. Before moving to Washington, D.C., she worked in Japan for six years as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) on the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) program in Kagawa Prefecture and as a Program Manager for LABO International Exchange Foundation in Tokyo. She currently serves as a Board Member for Kizuna Across Cultures and American Friends of The International House of Japan.
Shanti earned her Master’s in International Communication from American University’s School of International Service and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Japanese Language and International Studies from University of Oregon.