Jackson native Rachelle M. Johnson, a senior aide to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has been named one of five U.S. government employees selected to take part in the 2009 Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program.
She will begin her two-year program in August. The fellowship entails Japanese language instruction and a full year in Japan working with Japanese government ministries and agencies. Johnson is the only 2009 fellow selected from the U.S. Senate.
“Rachelle has proven to be a valuable member of my staff, and I am pleased she has this opportunity to broaden her education and experience,” Cochran said. “The fellowship is designed to give professionals like Rachelle a better understanding of our relations with Japan and Asia, and apply that knowledge in their future service to the nation.”
The Mansfield Fellowship Program was established by Congress in 1994 as a government-to-government initiative to foster greater understanding and cooperation between the United States, Japan and other Asian nations. The program is administered by the nonprofit Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.