Jay is passionate about finding strategic and achievable ways for the private sector and government to engage together to address persistent development challenges facing our world. Jay began his working career in 1984, with postings as a commissioned U.S. Foreign Service Officer to the Philippines, Washington, D.C., and Japan. He subsequently left government in 1995 and worked for the U.S. company, Cargill, in plant operations and marketing, and in sales and marketing with Cargill Japan. In 1999, Jay joined Prebon-Yamane, a financial services firm in Singapore, and arranged debt work-out transactions for Japanese and Southeast Asian corporate clients, to include participating successfully in auctions with the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency.
Jay joined the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2011 and served continuously to June 2018 as the Senior Alliance Builder. Working closely with the Mission and USAID/Washington, Jay focused on leading the expansion in Indonesia of new models and processes to co-design and co-finance with private sector partners, achieving a track record of better aligning the strategic interests of firms with USAID’s core development priorities.
Jay has a BA from Amherst College and an MA from Stanford University, both in Political Science. Jay speaks Japanese and is a native of New England.