Sarajean Rossitto is a Tokyo-based nonprofit NGO consultant with 20 years experience working with Japanese organizations. She facilitates workshops, seminars and projects aimed at developing skills, organizational capacity, understanding of global issues and effective partnerships. She has worked as a liaison between Japanese local nonprofits and international corporations, grant making foundations and international organizations.
Before working independently, Sarajean spent four years coordinating the bilateral exchange of nonprofit professionals between the US and Japan for Japan-US Community Education & Exchange (JUCEE). She also worked for 6 years with the Tokyo YMCA. Sarajean holds a Columbia University Masters of International Affairs degree with a focus on human rights in East Asia and BA in Sociology and the Arts from SUNY Purchase.
Nonprofits in Japan face an ongoing need to communicate their mission, programs and impacts to the public. While this is true in any language, when attempting to bridge language and cultural gaps confusion can lead some organizations to withdraw and give up potentially...