Board of Trustees:

Marian Aste retired in 2015 and was an adjunct faculty member in the Bilingual Credential program at the College of Education, San Diego State University, California.

Miriam Clark is a retired teacher and probation officer.

Mirna Cruz was a student activist at Mission Bay High School who helped write the policy on recruiting adopted by San Diego City Schools. She graduated in 2016 from San Diego State University with a double major in Social Work and Spanish.

Nancy Cruz became an activist while attending Mission Bay High School and helped organize the successful campaign to remove JROTC shooting ranges from San Diego City Schools. She currently is a UAW labor organizer representing UCSD post-graduate students.

Rodrigo de la Rosa is a former Project YANO youth intern and San Diego State University graduate.

Manuel Enriquez is the first in his family to graduate from a four-year university. He attended San Diego State University where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Sociology, and minored in French. He is active in local social justice organizations.

Paula Hoffman-Villanueva is a retired adult education teacher who taught English language learners.

Amanda Jordan-Starks is a former "activante" (intern/activist) with School Of the Americas Watch, where she first engaged the problem of militarism. She works in community development in Southeast San Diego with a faith-based not-for-profit.

Itzel Martinez was an activist at her high school and helped win approval of a recruiting policy in San Diego Unified. She graduated from Mesa Community College, and is planning to transfer to a four-year university.

Jesus Mendez-Carbajal is a grassroots community organizer who graduated in 2016 from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a major in Chicana and Chicano Studies. Jesus is active in various local social justice organizations.

David Morales helped form the Education Not Arms Coalition as a high school junior. As a graduate student he attended the Stanford University Teacher Education Program and is now teaching high school Spanish.

Isidro Ortiz is a professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University.

Dan Paris is a Navy veteran and parent.

Juan Perez is a Marine veteran who was deployed to Africa and Afghanistan.

Emiliana Sparaco was an anti-war/counter-recruitment student activist while in high school and attending community college. She participated in Project YANO workshops throughout that time. She is currently an organizer with SEIU-USWW working alongside security officers and janitors in San Diego.


Program Coordinator:

Rick Jahnkow has worked for Project YANO since its early days and helped develop the concept of the organization in 1984.

Youth Intern:

Jenny Sandoval is a student at San Diego City Community College.

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