Marcia Rincon-Gallardo MSW is Executive Director of the Alianza for Youth Justice, Principal of NOXTIN: Equal Justice for All, Adjunct MSW Policy Professor, and author.
At the Alianza, she directs the coalition’s efforts to amplify visibility and advocacy of Chicanx/Latinx to transform youth injustice systems with long term solutions rooted in cultura, comunidad and healing.
At NOXTIN, she provides training, technical assistance, and consultation nationally with local communities and youth justice system efforts to increase equity for Chicanx/Latinx and Indigenous youth by decreasing to end the use of incarceration.
Ms. Rincon-Gallardo has partnered with the CA Endowment, National Girls Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Burns Institute, to implement proven effective strategies to successfully end use of incarceration downsizing the nation’s youth justice systems utilizing locally based healing informed, community centered approaches. Ms. Rincon-Gallardo, recognized as a leader and author in the field, co-wrote “Adapting JDAI to Tribal Lands: Lessons Learned” released in 2019, and two other publications to be released in 2020. She presents nationally and implements her Ollin Girls co-written curriculum locally with returning citizens to build the bench of leaders. She served as adjunct professor at CSUMB in an MSW policy class.
Ms. Rincon-Gallardo is Chicana, Mexicana, Indigena and is the mother of Tonantzin, Ilhuicamina and grandmother to Nevaeh and Serenita.
Joanna Molina is the Alianza Manager of Advocacy and Engagement, and a law school student. Ms. Molina was raised in a single-family household in the East Side of San Jose, where she experienced several childhood adversities. These experiences led Joanna to want to get involved in learning and changing the laws and the punitive ways our criminal justice systems impact brown and black youth and young adults. Joanna has worked in several nonprofits such as Next-Door Solutions, Abode Services, and Bill Wilson Center, using her personal experiences in the youth justice system to support those navigating the criminal justice system. She served on the Commission on the Status of Women for Santa Clara County, where she advocated for the rights of women inside our county jails. In her most recent previous position, she worked as Policy Aide to County Supervisor Dave Cortese, and her policy issues were pertaining to Juvenile Justice, women’s issues, and foster youth issues. Ms. Molina is a mother of 2 beautiful boys.
Hisis Mabel Alacantara Cruz, Alianza volunteer Administrative and Events Assistant, recently graduated from Evergreen Valley College earning her AA degree in paralegal studies. Her goal is to complete law school and become a civil rights lawyer to be the voice for those populations who need guidance, strength, and an identity. Hisis came to the United States in 2014 as an unaccompanied minor from Honduras and entered a Refugee Foster Care program in San Jose, California. Speaking no English and belonging to no one, she overcame numerous educational and employment barriers, acquired many skill sets, and began to make her mark in her community. Now completely fluent in English, Hisis was promoted to manager at her past job, started her own small business, and is a new homeowner. Graduating with a 3.3 GPA from community college was not only something she dreamed about but was also a first for her family back home in Honduras, as she is the first high school and college graduate.