We Have Exciting News–Hiring First Full-Time Executive Director

March 10, 2020 


Dear Bridging Foundation Community Member,

The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation enters the new decade with exciting plans that we want you to be among the first to hear. Reflecting on our 20-year history, the Bridging Foundation seeks to grow our organizational capacity so we can better meet the steady demand for Bridging Scholarships.

This growth will help us achieve three critical needs:

1) increase the number of students who receive Bridging Scholarship grants;

2) increase the scholarship amounts awarded to the students; and,

3) enhance the overall program, building more leadership and career development opportunities.

To accomplish this growth, we will invest in the next 20 years by hiring the Bridging Foundation’s first full-time executive director. As you know, Paige Cottingham-Streater has not only served as the Bridging Foundation’s pro-bono executive director for nine years, but also leads the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and CULCON. While having a part-time, pro-bono executive director run the Bridging Foundation has allowed us to keep costs very low, having a dedicated, full-time executive director will provide more opportunities in the long-term.

As Chairman of the Bridging Foundation Board of Directors, Thierry is heading the transition with the support of board members, Paige, staff, and an interim executive director. We both want to state our appreciation for all that Paige has done–while simultaneously leading our sister organizations–for the Bridging Foundation and the scholars we serve. But she isn’t going far. Paige will continue to lead the Commission and CULCON, and will advise the Bridging Foundation and its new executive director.

Paige conveys, “It has been wonderful working with the Bridging Foundation’s generous supporters and enthusiastic Bridging Scholars. You affirm the value of expanding opportunities for study abroad in Japan. Thank you also to the Bridging Foundation’s board for its excellent leadership and strategic planning that will ensure a smooth succession.”

To ensure the Bridging Foundation runs seamlessly during this transition, we have engaged an interim executive director–Ed Spitzberg, an experienced nonprofit leader and strategic consultant. Ed hopes to talk with you during the transition, and feel free to contact Ed with any questions (espitzberg@jufsc.gov).

We will continue to keep you updated during our search. In the meantime, please let us know of any great candidates and forward this message to them with this link to the job announcement.

Thank you for your support of the Bridging Foundation as we take these next steps to sustainability and growth to better serve more global leaders.

With gratitude for your continued partnership,

Thierry Porte, Chairman

Harry Hill, Vice Chairman

United States-Japan Bridging Foundation Board of Directors