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We are pleased to share with you that Matt Shiraki
has been appointed as ICAS Associate, effective
Matt Shiraki is a candidate for a master's degree in public policy
at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Matt is concentrating
on healthcare policy and plans on graduating in 2011.
From 2006 to 2009, Matt served
in the Administration of President George W. Bush, both at the White House and the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
At the White House, Matt worked
in the offices of Strategic Initiatives, Presidential Correspondence, and Intergovernmental
Affairs. He was also appointed the White House Liaison to Asian Americans and Pacific
Islanders (AAPI). In this role, he was responsible for communicating the President's
policies and priorities to AAPI community and bringing their concerns to senior
White House staff.
At HHS, Matt served as Confidential Assistant to the Deputy
Secretary and Director of External Affairs. In this role, he managed global health
issues for the Office of the Deputy Secretary, participated in government delegations
to Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, and coordinated a department-wide
initiative to host a series of conferences on biomedical and pharmaceutical innovation.
Matt has also worked at The American Revolution Center at Valley Forge, the Hudson Institute,
and the U.S. Senate.
After attending Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania,
Matt transferred to Cedarville University in Ohio, where he was elected student
body president. He graduated with a degree in history education and was awarded
the President's Trophy, the highest honor given to a graduating senior.
The son of Korean and Japanese-American parents, Matt was born and raised in the U.S. territory
of Guam. He and his family currently reside in North Wales, Pennsylvania.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President