Alexander D. Calhoun, Esq.

Founding Chairman of the Board

Co-chairman of the Board, The Asia Foundation – Japan; Senior Counsel, Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP

Mr. Calhoun was most recently a Senior Counsel to the global law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.  He has served as a lecturer on international business transactions at the University of California School of Law, Berkeley, as an adjunct professor of banking law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and as a visiting lecturer at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade.  He is licensed to practice law in California, New York, the District of Columbia, and Japan.

Mr. Calhoun is a Commissioner of and former Chairman of the Asian Art Commission, a Director of The Asia Foundation, a Chairman Emeritus of the Japan Society of Northern California, a Chairman Emeritus of the San Francisco-Osaka Sister Committee, and a Director of the 1990 Institute.  He has served on the boards of directors and as chairman of the audit committees of numerous public, private, and nonprofit corporations, and is a member of several professional associations, including the American Society of International Law.  He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government in recognition of his contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding between the United States and Japan, and received a similar decoration from the Republic of South Korea.

Mr. Calhoun was born in Shanghai in 1925.  Before World War II he lived in China and the Philippines.  After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover he joined the Army of the United States where he became a Japanese language specialist.  Subsequently he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and, recalled to service in Washington D.C. during the Korean War, he completed his law degree at George Washington University School of Law.