Vote in JETAA Officer Elections 2018

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Calling all JET Alumni – the online voting polls for the 2018 JETAA officer elections are now open! Polls are open from March 20th to March 31st. The officer platforms are listed below and the online voting is ready for you to cast your vote for this year’s JETAA officers.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Review the platforms for the candidates running for officer positions (scroll down to see below).
  2. Vote for the candidate of your choosing online. (Important: Make sure to enter your e-mail address, or your vote will not count).

Click here to vote today!

*** We encourage you to take 5 minutes for the future direction of our chapter. ***


Candidates for Vice President: 

Joshua Kramer

Greetings! My name is Joshua Kramer and I am a proud JET alumni, following my three awesome years spent in Satsumasendai-shi, Kagoshima-ken, from 2006 to 2009. JET gave me the opportunity to work abroad, gather a core group of who will surely be lifelong friends and live back in Kyushu, after spending four years there as a child (my father was a submarine chief in the navy and our family was stationed in Sasebo).

Since returning to the States, I’ve been working in nonprofit management, started a family (I currently have a 10 month old daughter and two and a half year old son) and have, all in all, been quite busy. That said, I’ve always wanted to become active with JETAA, to give back to a program that has given so much to me and keep an ongoing connection to Japan and the JET community.

I am offering my services in the capacity of Vice President, because am passionate about about all things JET and Japan and have six years experience leading and supporting executive nonprofit meetings, so I feel I can hit the ground running. I also have meeting planning experience (from small committee meetings to large trade shows), so feel I have a lot to offer in the capacity as well.

Basically, I have passion, a positive attitude and experience directly relevant to the Vice President position. I hope you’l consider me for the 2018-2019 year!

Thank you!


Candidates for Treasurer:

Anna Schneider
I’m a somewhat-recently returned JET looking forward to becoming more involved in the JETAA Portland community.

I’m hoping to continue the great work put in by the previous officers and also hoping to leverage my own experience as a local AJET officer into the Portland metro community. While I’m a big fan of international exchange, I also have a minor obsession with budgets and I know I won’t hesitate to dive into the nitty-gritty of keeping financial items in order.

Thanks for considering me!


Candidates for Secretary:

Rabia Shahab

Hello everyone! After the countless amount of times I had to practice my self-introduction in Japan you think I would be used to it by now. I’m Rabia and I spent three lovely years in a little village called Sanagochi, in the heart of Tokushima prefecture. I am currently working at the Portland Children’s Museum so if you’ve got kids come in and say hi. If you haven’t noticed from the delicious pizza in front of me I LOVE food. I was very excited to hear about the Iron Chef event that we put on with the Seattle JETAA chapter. What better way to get the word out than to be the secretary?

Now that I feel a little more settled back into life in the U.S. I have wanted to become more involved in the JETAA community. I have taken on continuing the J-Kaiwa table (for the selfish reason of keeping up my Japanese) but I would like to further support this community by filling the role of secretary as well. As secretary, I would make sure that JETAA members would be aware of JETAA-run events and other happenings in a timely fashion. I also have event planning experience from my college days when I was the president of the art studio on campus. I would help plan weekly events in addition to two large events per year for the whole campus.

Thanks for your consideration.

Filed in: Past Events • Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.