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Ms. Cottingham-Streater directs the work of the U.S. CULCON Secretariat, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation. CULCON (U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange) is a binational advisory panel to the U.S. and Japanese governments, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is a small federal agency that provides grants for research, training and exchange with Japan. The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation is a U.S. non-profit that awards scholarships to US undergraduate students to study for one semester or academic year in Japan.
Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Cottingham-Streater served as Deputy Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation where she worked for sixteen years. In addition to providing strategic leadership for the Mansfield Foundation, she directed the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a Congressionally-established professional exchange for mid-level federal government employees.
Before joining the Mansfield Foundation, Ms. Cottingham-Streater was Director for the US-Japan Project at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she supervised visiting scholars, conducted research on US-Japan issues, managed the project’s budget and published the project’s newsletter. Previously, she served as Counsel and Legislative Assistant in the office of Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), where she monitored legislative initiatives involving education, civil rights law enforcement, labor, and financial and social policy. She was also a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a law clerk at U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service.
Ms. Cottingham-Streater is the recipient of Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of her longstanding work to strengthen US-Japan relations. The award, made on March 31, 2004, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Japan and the United States.
Ms. Cottingham-Streater received her Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in Government and Asian Studies. Ms. Cottingham-Streater has written articles for publications of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and she has spoken on U.S.-Japan relations at numerous conferences in the United States and Japan.
PAMELA L. FIELDS
In 1991 Pamela Fields joined the staff of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency, where she serves as the Deputy Secretary-General for CULCON. The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is a binational advisory panel that has its origins in meetings held in Washington in 1961 between President Kennedy and Prime Minister Ikeda. Since its first meeting in Tokyo in January, 1962, CULCON has served to focus official and public attention in both the United States and Japan on the vital cultural and educational underpinnings of the US-Japan relationship.
Ms. Fields was Vice President of a small international consulting firm in Washington, DC from 1989 to 1991. From 1986 to 1989 she established and directed an international service unit for a major Japanese department store in Tokyo. Ms. Fields also worked as a broadcaster for NHK in Japan for five years.
Ms. Fields received her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in 1981 and a Masters in International Business, with a focus on Japan, in 1994.
In addition to her time spent in Japan, Ms. Fields has lived in and speaks the languages of France, Italy and Israel. She lives with her husband and two children in Takoma Park, Maryland.