Ryan Ingrassia began his assignment as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Sapporo in August 2018.
Mr. Ingrassia joined the Foreign Service in February 2011, after working for several years as a university film lecturer and television writer in Singapore. His previous assignments include the U.S. Embassies in Afghanistan and South Africa, and the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, Australia.
Originally from Southern California, Mr. Ingrassia holds a BFA in Film from the University of Southern California and MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work in the international television industry, Mr. Ingrassia was a participant in Americorps, a U.S. federal volunteer service organization. His volunteer projects included eradicating invasive plant species in Florida and building boardwalks through swamps in the American Southeast.
Mr. Ingrassia first traveled to Japan in 2004 as a participant in the Japanese government-funded exchange program Ship for World Youth. During the program, he lived with a host family in Toyama Prefecture and then joined 150 Japanese youth on a cruise around the Pacific and Indian Oceans. His positive experiences in the program motivated him to join the U.S. Foreign service, with a goal of providing opportunities to other young people that help them better understand the world around them.