February 15, 2018
Last month the National Park Service (NPS) announced that alumni Mansfield Fellow Stanley Austin was selected to serve as regional director of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region. In his new position Mr. Austin will be responsible for overseeing operations for more than sixty national parks, 241 national historic landmarks, 100 national natural landmarks and other sites. Mr. Austin participated in the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program as a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1995-1997. Please click here to read the NPS press release about his new role.
This month the Mansfield Foundation hosted two Visiting Fellows from SoftBank, Torahiko Ueda and Kyohei Sakamoto. Both Mr. Sakamoto and Mr. Ueda work in the Regulatory Division of SoftBank Corp. in Tokyo. Their two-week Washington visit, modeled on the Foundation’s Visiting Fellows Program, provided an overview of how Washington works and introductions to the D.C. policy community. They also had a full agenda of meetings to discuss U.S. communications regulations and U.S.-Japan trade and commerce with experts in the U.S. government, private sector, and think tanks. Among the policy experts they met were several alumni Mansfield Fellows, including: Deputy Assistant USTR for Japan David Boling, antitrust law specialist Stuart Chemtob (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), Darrell Rico Doss (Office of Representative Dwight Evans), Bill Golike (U.S. Department of Commerce), Michael Marcus (retired from the Federal Communications Commission, FCC), James Miller (FCC), and Jonathan Thompson (U.S. Department of State). Mr. Ueda and Mr. Sakamoto are pictured above with Mr. Thompson, who currently serves as Senior Advisor for East Asia Commercial Affairs and Defense Sales at the State Department.