Matt Krebs
Executive Director

Matt enjoys facilitating meaningful Japan experiences for others in Boston. He was previously the director of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky where he established the JAPAN Summer Festival and the Kentucky/Japan Relief Fund, hosted the Manjiro/Whitfield Exchange Program, and expanded other programs and partnerships. In recent years, Krebs has been a technology industry analyst while pursuing a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology focused on technology in Japan. Krebs has lived in Japan at different times in his life and built cross-industry relationships in business, academic, diplomatic, and civic sectors.

Jessy LeClair
Communications Manager

Jessy LeClair joined the Japan Society of Boston as Communications Manager in September 2018, after completing a year of intensive Japanese language study at IUC in Yokohama. Jessy began her study of Japanese at Williams College, where she double-majored in Biology and Japanese. Since then, she has made over ten trips to Japan, including a yearlong Fulbright Fellowship to Kyoto University. Jessy received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. Her research investigated the interplay between culture and the mind. As a licensed Japanese Vegetable Sommelier, Jessy enjoys exploring local farmers markets on the weekend.

Mari Tanaka
Administrative Coordinator

Mari Tanaka joined the Japan Society of Boston as Administrative Coordinator in October 2018. She majored in International Studies at Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College in Tokyo. After graduation, she started working at a logistics company in Kanazawa, Japan, where she oversaw training new employees. Later, she worked in the public relations and management departments. She likes creating posters and videos, as well as thinking about new designs.

Executive Committee

William W. Hunt

John A. Shane

John Cullen

Matt Krebs

SENIOR ADVISOR & CHAIRMAN, Global Culture Center of the JSB
Peter M. Grilli

Vernon R. Alden

Board of Directors

Brian Chiappinelli
Glen S. Fukushima
Andrew Gordon
Todd Guild
John M. Mang
Kiyoko Morita 
Ronald Provost
Bernard Pucker
Toby Rodes
Roger T. Servison
May Takayanagi
Hirotaka Takeuchi
Keiko Thayer
Ezra F. Vogel

Advisory BoarD

Michael H. Armacost
Lawrence K. Fish
Heisuke Hironaka
Dean LeBaron
Seiji Ozawa
John Curtis Perry
Robert D. Reischauer

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