Hiro Ito, Co-Director, Professor of Economics (ito@pdx.edu

Dr. Ito is an international macroeconomist who focuses on issues of financial liberalization, financial development, macroeconomic interlinkages between countries, and East Asian Economics. Dr. Ito has also been conducting research on the Great East Japan Disaster of March 2011 and interacts with government officials, non-profit organizations, and other relevant groups in the disaster-stricken areas. 



Masami Nishishiba, Co-Director, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Assistant Director of the Center for Public Service (nishism@pdx.edu)  

Dr. Nishishiba has been engaged in community-based research and professional training for public agencies. She has directed the Japanese Municipal Officers Mid-career Training funded by the Tokyo Foundation since 2004. She developed and delivered a two-year Culturally Competent Management Certificate Training program for the City of Portland and conducted a cultural assessment related projects for the Clackamas County, City of Beaverton, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation, City of Longview, Washington. She also conducted an evaluation of the Clackamas County 4-day work schedule pilot program.


Josh Metzler, Program Coordinator, Center for Public Service (jmetzler@pdx.edu)

Josh Metzler joined the Center for Public Service in September of 2014 as a Project Coordinator, overseeing the Center’s Applied Research and Consulting projects. Josh currently takes on the role as a Program Coordinator for various domestic training programs such as the Columbia River Basin Governance and programs delivered through the Nonprofit Institute. Josh also coordinates Japan-related programs such as the Japanese Local Government Managers Training Program and the various activities through the Initiatives for Community and Disaster Resilience (ICDR). Josh was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, and moved to Oregon in 1999. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University in 2013.


Christopher Page, Administrative Assistant (Cmp3@pdx.edu)

Atsuko Komoto, Assistant Program Coodinator (akomoto@pdx.edu)

Alayna Ynacay-Nye, Assistant Program Coordinator (ynac@pdx.edu)