About Us

Founded in 1975, the Pacific Forum is a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Forum’s programs encompass current and emerging political, security, economic and business issues and works to help stimulate cooperative policies in the Indo-Pacific region through analysis and dialogue undertaken with the region’s leaders in the academic, government, and corporate areas.

The Forum collaborates with a network of more than 30 research institutes around the Pacific Rim, drawing on Asian perspectives and disseminating its projects’ findings and recommendations to opinion leaders, governments, and publics throughout the region. We regularly cosponsor conferences with institutes throughout Asia to facilitate nongovernmental institution building as well as to foster cross-fertilization of ideas.

A Board of Directors guides the Pacific Forum’s work. The Forum is funded by grants from foundations, corporations, individuals, and governments. The Forum’s studies are objective and nonpartisan and it does not engage in classified or proprietary work.

Pacific Forum Senior Staff

Robert P. Girrier, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.), President

Bob Girrier recently joined Pacific Forum. With over 30 years maritime experience and extensive background in the Indo-Asia-Pacific building high-level partner relationships and capacity, he brings operations, strategy development, crisis-response and negotiation skills to Pacific Forum activities.

Carl W. Baker, Executive Director

Mr. Baker oversees all Pacific Forum programs and is the coeditor of Comparative Connections. He has extensive experience as a foreign policy and political affairs analyst having lived and worked for extended periods in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. Previously, he was a faculty member at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

David Santoro, Vice President (Programs and Research)

Dr. David Santoro manages Pacific Forum’s track 1.5/2 nuclear policy dialogues and Asia-Pacific multilateral meetings on nonproliferation and nuclear security. He has worked on nuclear issues in France, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Crystal D. Pryor, Director of Non-proliferation, Technology, and Fellowships

Dr. Pryor is a program director for Pacific Forum’s security cooperation programs. Her research has focused on US-Japan relations and strategic trade controls.

Ralph A. Cossa, President Emeritus and WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies

Mr. Cossa sits on the boards of numerous foreign relations organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. As a recognized expert on U.S./Asia-Pacific foreign relations and policy, Mr. Cossa joins conferences for political, economic, military, and business leaders in countries around the world.

Pacific Forum Staff

Georgette Almeida, Executive Assistant
Jesslyn Cheong, Senior Program Manager
Nicholas Ciuffetelli, Director of Publications/Program Manager
Brooke Mizuno, Director of Development, Grants, Management and Institutional Support
Taryn Ino, Program Manager
Radford Sagarang, Finance Manager
Ariel Stenek, Director, Young Leaders Program