by Max Brantley
David Boling, the former chief of staff under U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder who ran unsuccessfully for Snyder's vacant 2nd District seat in the Democratic primary last year, has been hired as deputy executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes U.S.-Asian relations.
The news release follows. I guess you can put to rest rumors that Boling might try another congressional run.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation today announced that David Boling has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Foundation. The Mansfield Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations.
“David brings to the Foundation a wealth of expertise drawn from his work with Asia, Capitol Hill and as a former Mansfield Fellow,” said Foundation Chairman Walter F. Mondale. “His unique experience in politics, the law and Japan will benefit and advance the Foundation’s programs — particularly the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program — at a time when U.S.-Japan cooperation is closer and more critical than ever.”
Mr. Boling will provide counsel and strategic advice to Executive Director Gordon Flake regarding the Foundation’s administration, direction and mission. He also will serve as director of the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a congressionally-mandated professional exchange for mid-level U.S. government employees. In addition, he will manage programs including the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a program launched in 2009 to foster a new generation of Japan specialists.
Mr. Boling participated in the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program from 1999-2001 as a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division. While at the Justice Department, he also served for one year as Antitrust Counsel to the Chairman of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2007-2010 he was Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder from Arkansas and in 2010 ran in the Democratic Party primary election to represent Arkansas’ Second Congressional District.
Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Boling was Senior Policy and Legal Analyst at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, which is part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His previous legal experience also includes serving as Counsel for the Little Rock law firm of Mitchell Williams PLLC and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
Mr. Boling earned his BA and JD from the University of Arkansas. After completing his Master of Laws from Columbia University and before joining the Justice Department he was a law clerk in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, conducting legal research for the Office of Japan Affairs, Office of the General Counsel and Deputy USTR for Financial Services. He began his career as an assistant English teacher in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program.
Mr. Boling is married to Mine Sasaguri, who was a reporter for Fuji Television for thirteen years and is now a free-lance journalist. They have two children, Christopher (8) and Ellen (6).
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(C)3 organization that advances Mike Mansfield’s lifelong work to promote understanding and cooperation among the nations and peoples of Asia and the United States. The Foundation’s exchanges, policy dialogues, research and education facilitate dialogue among Asians and Americans, explore the underlying issues that influence policies, create networks among Asian and American leaders, and increase public awareness about Asia. The Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Japan, and Missoula, Montana.