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Paul Pass

Executive Director

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.

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Madoka Leonetti

Director of Programs

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.

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Maiko Kobayashi

Accounting & Office Coordinator

A native of Hyogo Prefecture, Maiko joined the team in February 2020. She has also worked at Hyogonishi Agricultural Bank in Himeji, Japan as a financial advisor and bank operations specialist. Maiko earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Konan University and a certificate in global business from the University of Washington. Before coming to Texas, she interned at the North American Post, a Seattle-based publishing company, where she learned Japanese-American history and found her passion in spreading Japanese culture in the U.S.

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Joshua Emero

Communications & Development Coordinator

Joshua joined JASDFW recently in June of 2021 as the Communications and Development Coordinator. Joshua received Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology as well as Information Sciences & Technology from Penn State University in 2019. Before graduating, he chose to study abroad in Tokyo and while there he had the opportunity to work with the Embassy of Afghanistan in Japan as a Public Relations Intern. Joshua has worked in the past as a Global Dialogue Facilitator, facilitating inter-cultural discussions between students in the U.S. and people in other countries. Joshua graduated in November 2021 with a Master’s of Arts degree in Political Science – Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University.

Ikuko Fujiwara

Education & Language Programs Coordinator

Ikuko recently joined JASDFW as the Education & Language Programs Coordinator. Her academic and professional background is in TESOL and Composition which began with earning a Master’s degree in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her career has been devoted to instruction and supporting student success while promoting diversity and inclusion in educational spaces. She has experience teaching Japanese, ESOL and college composition at various colleges in the United States. She has also organized and participated in cultural events, conferences and panel discussions that emphasize and celebrate diversity. She is committed to creating inclusive and meaningful learning spaces where people engage in cross-cultural/intercultural understanding and learn to use language in empowering ways.


Maki Hasegawa

Education Presenter

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.