Board & Staff


Mr. David P. Janes

Mr. David P. Janes

Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President

As Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President at the United States-Japan Foundation, David leads the Foundation’s grant-making programs and represents the Foundation to potential and current grantees. David created and directs the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards, a national recognition program for K-12 educators in the U.S. who have demonstrated exemplary and innovative teaching on Japan, its language, and its culture.

David is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he earned a B.A. Religion. He holds an M.A. in Asian Religions with a focus on Japan from the University of Hawaii and an M.A. in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. David is also a graduate of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan and was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Currently David is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at The New School for Social Research and is a recipient of their University in Exile Fellowship.

David is a Trustee of the Cambridge, MA based LEX America Language Research Foundation; a Counselor of the Japan ICU Foundation; a Board Member of the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center at the University of Montana; a Board Member of Saeko Ichinohe and Company, Inc.; is a current delegate to the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future directed by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in Washington, D.C.; a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the United States-Japan Leadership Program; and a Fellow of the British-American Project. He was also a Pacific Forum/CSIS Young Leader, a Nakasone Scholar at the Aspen Institute and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served on the Term Member Advisory Committee.

He is a graduate of Leadership Westchester, a program for leaders in Westchester County, New York. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Association for Asian Studies, the American Sociological Association, the International House of Japan, the International Sociological Association, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Japan Society, and the National Council for the Social Studies.