David SANTORO is President of the Pacific Forum. He specializes in strategic deterrence, arms control, and nonproliferation. Santoro’s current interests focus on great-power dynamics and US alliances, particularly the role of China in an era of nuclear multipolarity. His new volume U.S.-China Nuclear Relations – The Impact of Strategic Triangles was published by Lynne Rienner in May 2021. Santoro also leads several of the Forum’s track-1.5 and track-2 strategic dialogues. Before joining Pacific Forum, Santoro worked on strategic and security issues in France, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In the spring of 2010, he was also a visiting fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation and, in 2010-2011, he was a Stanton nuclear security fellow at the Institute for International Strategic Studies in London.
Crystal D. Pryor
Crystal PRYOR is Vice President of the Pacific Forum. Before joining Pacific Forum, she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the U.S.-Japan relations program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Crystal works on nonproliferation in Asia while developing research agendas on technology policy and Women, Peace, and Security. She has researched U.S.-Japan outer space security cooperation, strategic trade control implementation in advanced countries, and Japan’s defense industry and arms exports. Crystal received her doctorate in political science from the University of Washington, master’s degrees in political science from the University of Washington and the University of Tokyo, and bachelor’s degree in international relations with honors from Brown University.
Director for Regional Affairs
Rob YORK is Program Director for Regional Affairs at Pacific Forum. He is responsible for editing Pacific Forum publications, including the weekly PacNet series, the triannual Comparative Connections journal, and the in-depth Issue & Insights series. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Rob worked as a production editor at The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. A PhD candidate in Korean history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Rob has established himself as a commentator on inter-Korean and Hong Kong affairs, as a regular contributor to NK News and The Daily NK and having been published at The South China Morning Post, War on the Rocks, the Foundation for Economic Education, Korean Studies, and The Journal of American-East Asian Relations, as well as conducting numerous interviews in various media outlets. His research agenda at Pacific Forum includes trade and its relationship with security, media analysis, countering disinformation, and human rights.
Ralph A. Cossa
President Emeritus & WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies
Ralph COSSA is President Emeritus of Pacific Forum and WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies. He is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum’s Experts and Eminent Persons Group and a founding member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific’s Steering Committee. Mr. Cossa is a political/military affairs and national security specialist with more than 50 years of experience in formulating, articulating, and implementing US security policy in the Asia-Pacific and Near East–South Asia regions. Mr. Cossa served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1993, achieving the rank of colonel and last serving as special assistant to the commander of the US Pacific Command. He previously served as Deputy Director for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies and earlier as a national security affairs fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Director for Maritime Programs, Non-resident
Jeffrey ORDANIEL is non-resident Adjunct Fellow and Director of Maritime Programs at the Pacific Forum. Concurrently, he is also Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at Tokyo International University (TIU) in Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and specializes in the study of offshore territorial and maritime entitlement disputes in Asia. His teaching and research revolve around maritime security and ocean governance, ASEAN regionalism, and broadly, US alliances and engagements in the Indo-Pacific.
Director, Young Leaders Program
Ariel STENEK is Director of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum. In addition to managing Pacific Forum’s next-generation engagements, she provides support on Women, Peace, and Security activities. As a WSD-Handa fellow she researched and presented on US Freedom of Navigation Operations, and marine environment considerations in the South China Sea. Previously she was a Regional Security Studies Intern at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and worked at UNESCO in the division of Social and Human Sciences on The Silk Roads Online Platform. She holds an MA in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London. She received her BA in International Studies with a minor in European Studies from the University of San Francisco.
Senior Program Manager
Jesslyn CHEONG is the Senior Program Manager and has been with the Pacific Forum since August 2014. She provides logistical support for local and overseas conferences. Previously, she was the Program Manager at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. She received her BS in International Politics from Georgetown University.
Audrey HAPP is a Program Manager at Pacific Forum, where she provides logistical support for the organization’s conferences. She also acts as the organization’s digital content manager and assists with the publication of Pacific Forum’s tri-annual e-journal Comparative Connections. She comes to Pacific Forum with experience in the fields of international education, events management, and public programming. Audrey received her BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
Taryn INO is Program Manager at Pacific Forum. She manages Pacific Forum’s fellowships and provides program support for Pacific Forum’s publications and conferences. Previously, she was a Civil Rights Specialist at the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety. She holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received her BA in History and Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Director of Development & Grants Management
Brooke MIZUNO is the Director of Development and Grants Management. She oversees all Pacific Forum fundraising efforts and manages all grant proposals, awards, and reports. Previously, she was the Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant at the Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange. She also worked in the Hawaii State Senate Majority Office for the 2005 session. For her undergraduate studies, Brooke spent two years at Hanover College in Indiana and completed her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Hawaii. Her studies focused on international affairs and women’s issues.
Megan TAENAKA is the Development Manager at Pacific Forum. She supports the Director of Development, maintaining Pacific Forum’s contact/donor database, membership lists, and donor communication. Additionally, she assists with grants as well as event planning and execution. Previously, she was a student worker at Pepperdine University’s Advancement Gifts and Records Department. She was also a Social Media and Community Outreach Intern at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. Megan received her BA in Sport Administration from Pepperdine University.
Georgette ALMEIDA is the Executive Assistant at Pacific Forum. She brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and professional experience to this position where she manages the president’s schedule and travel arrangements and other support duties. She also serves as an Alternate Responsible Officer for Pacific Forum’s Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program and provides guidance to new resident fellows in obtaining J-1 visas as well as provide support in their pre-arrival/intake process.