Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan.
Ms. Kondo-Shah previously served as the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in La Paz, Bolivia (2013-15); Vice Consul in Beijing, China (2015-17); and Public Diplomacy Officer for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in Washington, D.C. (2017-19). She began her assignment in Fukuoka in August 2019.
Ms. Kondo-Shah is Japanese-Bangladeshi American and was raised in Kawasaki, Japan and Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government and studied abroad in the United Kingdom and China. She also earned a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she wrote her Master’s thesis with Professor Joseph Nye on measuring public diplomacy outcomes.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Kondo-Shah worked at Stanford University as an admission officer in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where she recruited students from Japan and China. Her husband is also a diplomat, and they have two children. She speaks Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Kondo-Shah loves mentoring students on college applications and advising young professionals who are interested in international careers.