Etsuko Murase has been with the Foundation since 2003. She oversees the day-to-day finances of the Foundation, as well as all accounts receivables and payables. She works closely with the accounting firm in Bethesda to put together complete and accurate financial information. She also manages the finances for the Empire Challenge Foundation, Inc. Prior to joining BEF, Etsuko worked in the retail industry for ten years. She previously managed the flagship store for the luxury leather goods company, Ghurka. Etsuko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. She resides in Manhasset, N.Y., with her husband, Ari, and their sons, Isaac and Caleb.