Dave Bloom

Mintaro Oba


As a diplomat at the United States Department of State, Mintaro Oba’s work brought him to the White House Situation Room, the UN General Assembly, and beyond.

During his three years at Foggy Bottom, Mintaro crafted talking points and remarks about North and South Korea for senior officials as a Korea Desk Officer, as well as speeches on topics from entrepreneurship to trade for the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs. In both roles, he married his two great passions, foreign policy and speechwriting, while helping senior officials to bring a human face to complex policy initiatives.

Mintaro earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from American University’s School of International Service. He likes puns and cats — and hopes this does not give anyone paws.

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