Alexis Ayano Terai is a resident fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Concurrently, she serves as an American Political Science Association—Sasakawa Peace Foundation Congressional Fellow (2022–2023).
Prior to joining the GMF, she was manager for Japan and Korea at the US Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division, where she helped lead the Japan trade and investment priorities and policy advocacy.
Previously, Alexis was a program manager for the Congressional Study Group on Japan at the association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). During her tenure at FMC, she staffed a dozen bipartisan congressional delegations abroad for members of Congress, chiefs of staff, and state/district directors. She has also held positions at The Asia Group, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Foreign Commercial Service at the US Embassy Tokyo, and the Japanese National Diet.
Alexis holds a BA in political science and minor in French and Francophone studies from Macalester College and MA in Asian studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she served as a research assistant to the program director. Alexis also studied at Sciences Po Paris, and she speaks Japanese and French.