Senior Nonresident Fellow,
Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center
Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida is a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. She was formerly the Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Prior to joining Sasakawa USA, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Europe, and the Americas at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), coordinating bilateral and multilateral relationships. She also served as DOE’s Director of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, a government-industry cooperative research partnership. In 2017 she established Pimmit Run Consulting LLC, which provides energy and technology analysis and services to the private and public sectors.
Dr. Yoshida has written extensively on Japanese and international science, technology, and energy issues. She has held policy and research positions over her career at the U.S. House of Representatives, the Japan Economic Institute, George Mason University, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. At the US Department of Commerce, she served in the Offices of the Under Secretary for International Trade and the Under Secretary for Technology, and in the Office of Automotive Industry Affairs. As Director of the Department of Commerce’s Asia-Pacific Technology Program, she received the Commerce Department’s Gold Medal for expanding U.S. access to foreign science and technology and Silver Medal for work creating the International Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Partnership.
She received her BA from Carleton College, and MA and PhD from the George Washington University. She was the first recipient of Japan’s GARIOA/Fulbright Fellowship, under which she studied at the University of Tokyo and conducted research on Japan’s automobile industry.