March 8, 2018
Members of the twenty-third class of Mansfield Fellows have been announced and have already begun preparing for their year-long Fellowship in Japan. The Mansfield Fellows for 2018-2019 are: Richard Banh (Financial Management Analyst, General Services Administration); Logan Barlow (KC-135R Aircraft Commander, Captain, U.S. Air Force); Charles Jake Cadwell (Cyberspace Operations Officer, Major, U.S. Air Force); Gabriel Mahns (Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration); Laura Marshall (Space Operations Officer, Captain, U.S. Air Force); Ian Morrison (Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); Tony Nakanishi (Reliability and Risk Analyst, Nuclear Regulatory Commission); Michele Tempel (Civil Engineer Officer, Captain, U.S. Air Force); and Heather Ward (International Cooperation Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development). With the addition of these new Fellows, a total of 159 U.S. federal government officials from twenty-eight agencies, commissions, and the U.S. Congress have entered the Fellowship Program since it was established in 1994.
The new Mansfield Fellows gathered in Washington last week for an orientation program that began with meetings with representatives of Japan’s National Personnel Authority (NPA). The NPA plays a critical role in securing the Fellows’ government placements during their ten months in Tokyo, and these meetings allowed the Fellows to consult with NPA on their individual placement plans. On February 28 the new Fellows joined alumni Fellows and friends of the Foundation for an Embassy of Japan reception in their honor (shown above). The orientation concluded March 1 with a full day of meetings to prepare the new Fellows for their arrival in Japan this summer, including an opportunity to gain insights on the Fellowship experience from alumni Fellows Lauren Damme (U.S. Department of Labor); Riley Downing (Federal Aviation Administration), and Mahmoud Jardaneh (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). Please click here to read a press release about the new Mansfield Fellows.