Jan Berris has been with the National Committee on United States-China Relations since 1971 -- first as program associate, then program director, then vice president. She is responsible for directing all program activities of the Committee.
Ms. Berris has been actively involved in preparation and operations for the visits to the United States of hundreds of Chinese delegations, including the 1972 Chinese Ping Pong Team, the first PRC group to come to this country. At the request of the State Department she coordinated Chinese press activities during Premier Deng Xiaoping's February 1979 visit to the United States. And she has overseen the visits of hundreds of American delegations to China. She herself has traveled to China about 150 times since 1973, with people and groups as diverse as a tennis team and a Supreme Court Justice.
Prior to her work at the Committee, Ms. Berris was a Foreign Service Officer, stationed in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. She held many part time jobs before joining the Foreign Service, among them assistant to Professor Richard H. Solomon during which time she helped research the book Mao's Revolution and the Chinese Political Culture.
Ms. Berris has a B.A. in Chinese Studies (University of Michigan, June 1966) and an M.A. in Japanese Studies (University of Michigan, June 1967). She speaks Chinese, Hebrew, and Spanish -- in descending levels of fluency.
Ms. Berris has written many articles and contributed chapters to several books on China. She serves on several non-profit boards.