Brandon Marc Higa is pursuing a juris doctor degree with a specialization in international law at the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and currently serves as the president of the Student Bar Association.
Higa graduated as a Renaissance Scholar with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) with BA and MA degrees in international relations, minoring in East Asian languages and cultures in 2004. Pursuing a concentration in U.S.-Japan foreign relations, Higa received a National Security Education Program David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship for post-graduate research at Stanford University’s Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan. Higa studied Japanese and Korean at Waseda University in Tokyo and Kyung Hee University in Seoul, respectively. Recently, Higa studied international law at Doshisha University in Kyoto to gain perspectives of the Japanese legal system.
Higa worked overseas at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the National Diet of Japan, gaining experience in U.S.-Japan’s strategic relationship before expanding to an Asia-Pacific regional focus at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs based in Washington, D.C. where he managed alumni programs with the East Asia and the Pacific and South and Central Asia regional bureaus. Higa participated in Senator Daniel Inouye’s U.S.-Japan Council’s Tomodachi Emerging Leaders Program and UH President David Lassner’s Emerging Leaders Program.
Higa is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) and the Royal Hawaiian Band. In his spare time, Higa enjoys swimming.