Jul 24

JET alum with key role in post-Katrina response meets with JET alum working on Japan earthquake disaster response

I learned from Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), that in the course of his recent work with JCIE/USA to help coordinate U.S. efforts to support Japan with disaster relief, Jim had the opportunity to set up a meeting in New York for Japanese representatives from key volunteer organizations with someone who played a key role in the post-Hurricane Katrina response.  And it turned out that person happens to be a JET alum as well– Shawn Escoffery (Tochigi-ken, 1998-99).  Sean currently serves as the Director of the Strong Local Economies Program for the Surdna Foundation.

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