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Ted Alcorn
Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ted Alcorn is a joint MA/MHS candidate at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced
International Studies (SAIS) and Bloomberg School of Public Health. His academic focus is on
systems-design for the provision of social services such as health care and water supply. He has
a BFA in Film and Television Production from the New York University’s Tisch School of the
Arts, and previous to his current studies, he worked on Ken Burn’s documentary miniseries, The
War, which tells the story of the American experience during the Second World War.

Harvey Beasley
Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Harvey Beasley studies the diplomatic relationships between the United States and East Asia.
After graduating from Fletcher, he will work as a U.S Foreign Service Officer in the
Department of State focusing on Public Diplomacy. He plans to spend the majority of his career
working in East Asia. Harvey attended Indiana University Bloomington for his undergraduate
studies in Japanese and Information Technology. He also spent one year studying Japanese at
Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan during his junior year. After graduating from Indiana
University, Harvey worked for GE Japan for 4 years splitting his time between Tokyo and
Osaka. He later spent one year studying intensive Japanese at IUC Yokohama, and then worked
for one year as a technical translator in Osaka.

Sarah Berke
University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Sarah Berke studies economic and community development. Originally from Nebraska, she
graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a BA in political science and Russian in
2003. She studied in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, as a Fulbright student fellow in
2004-2005. Sarah has five years of professional experience in community economic
development and access to financial services. She has managed communications and
fundraising at the Chicago Community Loan Fund, served on the supervisory committee of the
North Side Community Credit Union and volunteered as a tax preparer for low-income Chicago
residents. She is now a consultant for the Center for Financial Services Innovation (an affiliate
of ShoreBank Corp.) and the Native American Community Development Institute. Berke has
academic and professional interests in public-private-nonprofit collaboration, access to credit
and financial services for low-income communities and households, and comparative
international learning.
Scott Hartley
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Scott Hartley is a joint-degree policy and business graduate student at Columbia University,
holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University where he served as a Director of
Stanford in Government, and earned fellowships to Ecuador and Japan. A former Google
employee, he launched global products, spent a year in India founding a team, and lectured on
entrepreneurship as a Google.org business development consultant in East Africa. He has held
research positions at Stanford Medical, Columbia Business, and Harvard Law School’s
Berkman Center, and interned in the U.S. Department of State in Geneva, Switzerland, the
United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the White House National Economic
Council. He is a participant in the Young Leaders program at Pacific Forum CSIS on US-China
Trade, has co-authored a report under sub-contract to the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA), and has published at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and in Foreign
Policy. Interested in sports and travel, he competes in Ironman 70.3 triathlons and has visited
over 50 countries.

Samuel Lederer
University of Washington, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Originally from New York City, Samuel Lederer graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005
with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and English. After graduation, he taught English
in Kawane Town, Shizuoka Prefecture on the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program for
two years. He is currently a Japan Studies Master of Arts in International Studies candidate at
the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (Seattle).
His research interests include Japan's renewable energy technology industries, geothermal
power plant industry, colonial government policy during the occupation of Korea, early Meiji
era newspaper woodblock prints and general Japanese art history. In his free time, he enjoys
traveling, hiking, live music and art.

Timothy Little
University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
After attending high school in Deltona, FL, Timothy Little enlisted in the Army. He was first
stationed in Korea for a year before going to Texas. He later attended Florida State University
receiving a BA in International Affairs with a focus on Asia. Following graduation he went
back into the Army as an officer serving again in Korea and doing 2 tours in Iraq. Currently he
is attending the University of Denver working on his MA in Global Finance Trade and
Economic Integration (GFTEI). His area of focus continues to be Asia with a country specific
focus of China. Chinese is his second language.

Ross Matzkin-Bridger
Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Ross Matzkin-Bridger studies international affairs and security. As an undergraduate student he
studied at George Washington University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies and
Japanese Language and Literature. He spent four years living in Japan, two as a student and two
working for a local government. He speaks, reads and writes Japanese. After graduating from
Georgetown, he hopes to work in the public sector promoting further partnership between the
U.S. and Japan.

Nicole Nakagawa
University of California, San Diego, Graduate School of International Relations and
Pacific Studies
A native of California, Nicole Nakagawa grew up in the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills.
Her love of the outdoors and family’s detention in WWII internment camps sparked interest in
the environment and Japanese studies. Nicole specializes in International Environmental Policy
with a regional focus on Japan. Prior to graduate school, Nicole worked as a research assistant
in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz where she made policy
recommendations on open space conservation and sustainability issues. In 2008, she received
her BA in Environmental Studies and Biology from Santa Cruz. This summer, she is working as
a field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Division. She is
also continuing her work as a Marketing Director for the student-run organization Strategic
Community Consulting.

Kevin O’Driscoll
Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Kevin O’Driscoll is a graduate of New York University and is currently a second-year student at
Georgetown University pursuing a Masters degree in security studies with a certificate in Asian
studies. Academically, he is interested in the security of Northeast Asia, particularly
U.S. alliances and troop deployments. The son of an Army officer, he has travelled extensively
throughout the United States and the world. He previously spent three years in Asia; two years
teaching English in South Korea and one year studying at Nagoya University, Japan. He is
conversationally proficient in both Japanese and Korean, though admittedly a little rusty. He
enjoys soccer, skiing, hiking, video games and travelling.

Luke Schoen
Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Luke Schoen is focusing on International Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development
Economics with a regional concentration in East Asia. Currently a NNEMS Fellow at the U.S
Environmental Protection Agency, his research focuses on comparing regional air quality
management systems and diplomacy in China and the United States. Prior to graduate school,
Luke taught English in Yamagata Prefecture for three years with the Japan Exchange and
Teaching (JET) Program, worked for CNN's Beijing bureau, and lived in Germany for one year
as a high school exchange student with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. He
holds a BA in Anthropology and Asian Languages and Literature from Dartmouth College.

Karen Hoiyan Tam
University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Karen Hoiyan Tam graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006. After graduation, she
worked for a healthcare consulting company, helping hospital executives understand the
changing economic and political influences that affect the finances and welfare of their services
in the U.S. and abroad. Her career goal is to research, develop, and implement global solutions
to solve global challenges by engaging businesses, policy makers, and non-profit organizations.
She is particularly interested in understanding U.S. and international health policies that affect
the delivery of health care to the general public. Currently, she is pursuing her dual Masters
degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During the
summer of 2009, she worked for the Access Project that aims to improve the access and quality
of healthcare by teaching business management skills to health providers in rural parts of

Michael Verba
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Michael Verba was born in Ukraine and grew up in Colorado. He entered the world of public
policy after graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and
Government. He first worked for a nonprofit organization assisting the homeless population of
New York. More recently he has worked as an Assistant Economist in the Regional Affairs
Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is currently a candidate for a
Master’s degree in the Economics and Public Policy Program. During the summer of 2009 he
worked on a project for the National Planning Department of the Republic of Colombia, the aim
of which is to inform government policy in the area of technology and innovation.

Lisa Vura-Weis
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Lisa is currently is focusing on Economics and Public Policy, with a Certificate in Science,
Technology, and Environmental Policy. She was born and raised in Southern California, and
left her home state to attend Harvard University, where she graduated with an AB in Economics.
After graduation, Lisa worked for the New York Attorney General’s Office, where she
calculated economic damages in financial wrongdoing, antitrust, healthcare, and civil rights
cases. She spent a year conducting health and development economic research at Princeton
University then moved back to New York State government. At the New York State Insurance
Department, she worked on health, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice reform.


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