Patty Marcus, Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute (API), visited Los Angeles in mid-February to conduct diplomatic meetings with representatives from countries from the Asia Pacific region, meet with AJC leaders, and promote API within AJC and throughout the community. An attorney by training, Patty had studied Jewish communities throughout the world, lived in various African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries, including Indonesia, East Timor, Iraq, Kurdistan, Nigeria, Israel, and Turkey and worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State. During her three day visit to Los Angeles, AJC/LA leaders joined Patty for meetings with Consuls General from China, Japan, Korea and a Consul from Indonesia. On February 14, Patty Marcus, together with Gary Jacobs, API's Chairman, addressed AJC’s International Relations leaders and Marshall Society members during a Breakfast Briefing series event. Patty and Gary spoke about the Institute’s progress in developing a strong AJC presence in Asia, and building friendly relations with Asian countries. Patty highlighted AJC LA's unique importance in strengthening these relations.