Paige Cottingham-Streater


Executive Director, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission

Ms. Cottingham-Streater directs the work of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. The Commission is an independent federal government agency that supports research, education, public affairs and exchange with Japan. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Cottingham-Streater served as Deputy Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation where she worked for sixteen years.  In addition to providing strategic leadership for the Mansfield Foundation, she directed the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a Congressionally-established professional exchange for mid-level federal government employees.

Previously, Ms. Cottingham-Streater was Director for the U.S.-Japan Project at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC.  In this capacity, she supervised visiting scholars, conducted research on US-Japan issues, managed the project’s budget and published the project’s newsletter.  And prior to that she served as Counsel and Legislative Assistant in the office of Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), where she monitored legislative initiatives involving education, civil rights law enforcement, labor, and financial and social policy.  She was also a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a law clerk at U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service.

Ms. Cottingham-Streater received her Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in Government and Asian Studies.  She has written articles for publications of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and she has spoken on U.S.-Japan relations at numerous conferences in the United States and Japan.

Ms. Cottingham-Streater is the recipient of Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of her longstanding work to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations.  The award, made on March 31, 2004, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Japan and the United States.

February 2016