Paul Pass joined as Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth in January 2019. He oversees board governance, fundraising, operational management, organizational strategy, programming, and relationships with 200+ Japanese companies in North Texas. Before JASDFW, he worked at Asia Society Texas Center, where he held several positions, creating lasting connections for visitors through Asia-Pacific arts, business, cultural, and policy programming for adults, educators, families, and students. In his time at Asia Society, he had a role in over 920 programs reaching more 75,500 Houstonians. He also previously worked in education and community outreach positions at the World Affairs Council of Houston, the United States House of Representatives, the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Indiana University, and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
He was a 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program delegate, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mosaic Taiwan fellow in 2017, and an Institute for Cultural Diplomacy forum delegate in 2010. He holds a master’s degree from Indiana University, a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, earned a certificate from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed post-graduate coursework at The Ohio State University. He is currently completing a certificate in non-profit leadership at Southern Methodist University.
Madoka Leonetti is Director of Programs at the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (JASDFW) where she coordinates and leads all organizational programs and events. Her responsibility includes community relations, marketing, fundraising, and staff development. Madoka joined JASDFW in November 2017 as Programs and Events Manager and she played an important role in setting new fundraising records in both 2018 and 2019.
Prior to JASDFW, Madoka worked as a relocation consultant for H&R Consultants in Nagoya, Japan and provided relocation services to expatriates for three years. She was recognized and awarded for being a Top Performer of the Year in 2015. She also worked as a marketing coordinator at Interpoint Events, an event management company for six years in Sydney, Australia.
She was a 2020-2021 LEAP Impact: Leadership Development Program delegate and she earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing at Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan.
Communications & I.T. Coordinator
Matthew joined JASDFW in September of 2018 as the Communications & I.T. Coordinator. Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics and Asian Studies from Southern Methodist University in May 2017. Before joining JASDFW, Matthew interned in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, and served as a campaign staffer in the Dallas area. He currently serves JASDFW in a remote capacity while attending graduate school at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, where he is a candidate for a Master of Arts in international relations and is actively involved with the school’s Japan Club.
Accounting & Office Coordinator
A native of Tokyo, Maki Hasegawa joined the staff in 2018. She enjoys sharing her love of Japan through Japan-in-a-Suitcase presentations and at Japan-America Society events and community festivals throughout the year. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government from Monmouth College in Illinois and worked at various global companies in Tokyo before moving to the Dallas area.
Summer 2021 Intern
Sarah joined JASDFW as an intern in the Summer of 2021. She is currently an Honor’s student at the University of Evansville in Indiana earning bachelor’s degrees in Management and International Studies. Eager to learn, she has been on the Dean’s list throughout college, tutored for World Politics, and held executive positions in her school’s International Club. Through her research of Japan’s political system and business practices, as well as through her membership to the Japan-America Society of St. Louis, she has found a passion exploring Japanese culture, and is excited to study abroad in Japan next spring.