Associate World Fellow
Jackson Institute for Global Affairs/Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Mai Ichihara is a Master of Global Affairs and Master of Environmental Management joint degree candidate at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is specializing in industrial ecology and water resource management with a regional focus on the Asia Pacific. At Yale, she is interested in applying systems level thinking to guide sustainable development, looking at the intersection of water security, environmental restoration, and human consumption. Mai most recently worked in government affairs at Natural Resources Defense Council, helping defend and expand U.S. environmental laws. Prior to that, she covered foreign policy news as a producer for TV Asahi, a major Japanese television network. She also served as a public diplomacy aide at the U.S. Department of State, where she oversaw the production of daily press guidance regarding Japan, South Korea, and North Korea. She received her B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.