Board of Advisors

In accordance with the new JETAA USA Bylaws, outgoing and incoming Country Representatives established a Board of Advisors by appointment. The Board of Advisors have a two year commitment and will work closely on JETAA USA National Initiatives with JETAA USA Country Representatives. The Board of Advisors will focus more on supporting long-term goals, both on a chapter and national level, and ensuring the efficiency and sustainability of JETAA USA.

2012-2014 JETAA USA Board of Advisors

Jessyca Livingston
As the daughter of parents in the State Department, Jessyca (Wilcox) Livingston spent her early childhood years immersed in Japan and most of the rest of her youth abroad. After graduating from Rutgers University she worked as a Park Ranger/ Ecologist with the National Park Service. Her affinity for Japan led her to return as a JET Program participant. Jessyca was an ALT in Urahoro-cho, Hokkaido from 2003 to 2006, an experience which deepened her love for Japan and its people. Upon returning the USA, she quickly got involved in her local JETAA chapter in the Rocky Mountain region and secured a job at the Consulate General of Japan in Denver as the JET Program Coordinator. Jessyca served as treasurer of RMJETAA from 2008-2010, then served two terms as a JETAA USA Country Representative from 2010-2012. She has participated in several conferences ranging from regional to international during her service with JETAA. Jessyca currently serves on the JETAA USA Advisory Board to help to guide and ensure the success of JETAA USA at the national level.


Steven Horowitz
Raised in New Jersey Prefecture, Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94) is the founder and publisher of, the “official” unofficial alumni magazine, career center, and communication channel of the JET alumni community in the US and internationally.  Steven also served on the JETAA USA Disaster Relief Fund Committee and is a member of the JETAA New York Board of Directors as well as the Professional Outreach & Development Chair for the New York chapter.  He previously served for 6 years as the JETAA New York Newsletter Editor, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2008 JETAA Canada National Conference, represented JETAANY at the 2005 JETAA International Conference, and has attended a number of JETAA national and regional conferences in over the years.  A lawyer by training who studied at Waseda University and graduated from Duke Law School, Steven currently works as a law and business ESL/writing teacher and freelance writer while pursuing his MA in TESOL. He enjoys helping JET alumni connect with each other and find and create work opportunities for themselves. Steven lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family and can often be found playing ultimate frisbee near Prospect Park.  (Click here to connect with him on LinkedIn)


James Gannon
Jim is Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), where he oversees a wide range of programs that bring together political leaders, policymakers, experts, and activists from around the world for exchanges and dialogues designed to strengthen US-Japan relations and build international cooperation. Before joining JCIE in 2001, he conducted research with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and, from 1992 to 1994, taught English in rural middle schools in Ehime Prefecture as a JET. Active in the efforts to demonstrate the utility of the JET Program in the face of budget cuts and to create the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund, he was selected to represent JET Program alumni by giving the keynote address to the JET Program 25th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium in Tokyo in 2011. Jim is author of a number of publications on US-Japan and US-Asia relation, and at various times in his life he has worked as a forklift driver, at a travel agency, and baling hay.


Ryan Hart
Ryan manages brand, content and sales initiatives for Milliman in Seattle. On the JET Program, Ryan taught in junior high and elementary schools in Ichihara-shi in Chiba Prefecture. After JET, he continued to live and work in Japan for 3.5 years, teaching and developing curriculum for AEON Corporation and moonlighting for Tokyo’s largest English weekly, Metropolis Magazine. Ryan served as president of the JETAA PNW chapter from 2008-09, JETAA USA Country Representative from 2009-10., JETAAi Vice Chair from 2010-11 and was a presenter at the Returning JETs Conference in 2011. He now serves on the JETAA USA Advisory Board.

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  3. Paul Levine says:

    My name is Paul Levine, president of Pacific Associates Limited. We are a mid-career recruiting company in Tokyo Japan. To date my companies have successfully employed a number of JET alumni over the years. I am reaching out to you in the hope that we can provide more JET alumi with opportunity to continue working in Japan. Please let me know how best to proceed.

    Thank you,
    Paul A. Levine
    Pacific Associates Japan.

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