January 31, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of Jay Sapsford as Senior Vice President. Jay will help lead the Chamber’s efforts in assessing geopolitical and economic risks that impact the business community and will play a key role in identifying global trends, risks, and opportunities on behalf of the Chamber’s membership.

A former journalist, Sapsford brings over 20 years of reporting in Tokyo, Beijing, and New York, writing extensively on the economy, finance, trade, industry and security for the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters

“Jay’s deep understanding of international affairs and economic trends, coupled with his ability to distill strategic insights will be a great asset to us as we help our members navigate an ever-changing global environment,” said Justin Waller, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber’s international reach has extended dramatically, and companies rely on us to help them navigate through today’s turbulent waters,” said John Murphy, Senior Vice President and Head of International at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to have Jay join our team to leverage our deep bench of regional experts and the insights our international activities provide on a daily basis.” 

“I am thrilled to join the Chamber at this critical time to build upon the unparalleled work of the Chamber’s international division and drive new value for Chamber members,” said Jay Sapsford. “I look forward to partnering with the team to present the Chamber’s work in new and compelling ways.”

Sapsford most recently served as deputy bureau chief in DC for the Wall Street Journal where he was responsible for coverage decisions and story formation across politics, national security, justice, and the economy.

In addition to his work in media, Sapsford also previously worked on the Chamber’s International team while transitioning back to the U.S. after years of working from Asia. During that time, he had frequent interaction with government officials and senior business executives in Tokyo, Seoul and Washington.

Prior to his return to the U.S., Sapsford also served as the chief administrative officer for Japan at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for policy positions, communications, counter-party risk analysis, crisis management, advocacy and project management.