Suzanne Basalla serves as Chief of Staff, Toyota Research Institute. From October 2012-March 2017, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S.-Japan Council, an educational non-profit dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through people-to-people connections, especially investing in next generation leaders through the TOMODACHI Initiative. From March 2010-September 2012, Suzanne served as Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos in U.S. Embassy Tokyo. In that capacity, she supported the Ambassador on the full portfolio of security, economic, political and cultural issues in the U.S.-Japan relationship. Previous to her Embassy assignment, she was Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, she served as an officer in the United States Navy, including assignments in Japan, the Pentagon, and Diego Garcia. Suzanne received a master's degree in Asian Studies from the George Washington University and graduated from the University of Virginia. In 2008, she received the inaugural Ryozo Kato Award for service to the U.S.-Japan Alliance.