Sarah Wang

Programs Coordinator, EWC in Washington
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Area of Expertise: 

Public Diplomacy; US-Asia Relations

Mrs. Sarah Wang manages three East-West Center in Washington fellowship programs, successfully navigating cross-cultural communications and diverse audiences. Her duties include: marketing and coordinating of applications including social media; organizing logistical arrangements for travel, visas, and per diem/stipends; supervising fellows’ time in the Indo-Pacific representing the EWCW; liaising with internationally-based grantors and institutional partners; arranging meetings, public and private events, and interviews for fellows during their time in Washington, DC; and authoring grant reports.

She directed the Center’s U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship (2018-2020), bringing 12 fellows over the span of two years (six fellows per cohort) to Japan and Washington, DC to conduct research on trilateral cooperation in the field of political economy while partnering with Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University and the Center for Rule-making Strategies (CRS) at Tama University. This fellowship was supported by the Japan Foundation and U.S. Embassy Tokyo. Since 2018, Mrs. Wang has run the Center’s Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship program and onboarded 10 fellows. She will also run the forthcoming U.S. - Philippines Alliance Fellowship, which is supported by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines. She is also a Series Editor for two the Center’s publications, the AsiaPacific Issues and Policy Studies, including managing the peer-review process for 10 fellows.

Since October 2014, Mrs. Wang has headed production of 182 public and 52 private events (as of September 2021). She facilitates entire process, which includes selecting topics; recruiting speakers from US and foreign governments, academia, media, and private sector; creating marketing materials for print, web, email, and social media; coordinating RSVPs; organizing catering and other outside vendors; managing event space set-up including room layout, brand placement, and audio and live-streaming capabilities; and compiling event-related fiscal and budgetary documents. During the pandemic, she has run all of the EWCW's Zoom webinar programs and managed all of the logistics therein, including special webinar series in partnership with the National Committee on North Korea and the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., respectively. Mrs. Wang also edits and uploads all of the seminar and webinar videos to the EWCW's YouTube and Vimeo accounts, as well as its SoundCloud account. 

In 2017, Mrs. Wang launched Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts for the EWCW, bringing in nearly 1,000 combined new followers in the first year. She was the chief researcher and editor of the Asia Matters for America initiative's The Trump Administration and US-Asia Pacific Relations resource, which catalogued statements by members of the Trump Administration on US-Asia policy, and the 2020 Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific resource, which catalogued statements made by candidates running for the US presidency in 2020. She previously managed the Asia Matters for America initiative's Asia Reacts to... series which highlighted how various Asian media are reacting to US politics, policy, and major events. She also regularly contributes articles to the Asia Matters for America site on a variety of topics. 

Mrs. Wang was one of the founding members of the East-West Center's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group (begun in Summer 2020) and served as a co-chair of the subsequent DEI Committee from February 2021 - August 2021. She also serves on the East-West Center's Communications and External Relations (CER) Committee and Participant Services Committee.

While at the East-West Center, Mrs. Wang has traveled to Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Osaka, Japan; Beijing, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul, South Korea. She has also traveled to Australia and Japan as a People to People Student Ambassador in high school (2005 and 2007 respectively) and to Japan as a member of the Georgetown University delegation in the Kakeashi student exchange program (2014). Personally, she has traveled to Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China and Yuci, Shanxi Province, China. 

Mrs. Wang received her MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2014. She graduated from the the University of Delaware, in 2012 with a BA in International Relations and minors in Mandarin and Asian Studies; she also studied abroad at Beijing Normal University in China for a semester in 2011.