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Principal Officer

JoEllen Gorg, Principal Officer

JoEllen Gorg began her duties as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Sapporo in September 2013. Previously she served as political-military officer in the Office of Japanese Affairs in Washington, D.C. Other diplomatic assignments include tours in Micronesia, Pakistan and Nepal. Her first diplomatic assignment was at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Before joining the Foreign Service, JoEllen was a research analyst with the Stimson Center, a think tank dealing with security issues. She has a master's degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California and a bachelor's degree in Japanese from Carleton College in Minnesota.

She was a Rotary International exchange student in Aomori Prefecture in high school and returned to Aomori later on the JET program. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.