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Hernan Carvente-Martinez (He/They/El)
Executive Director

Hernan Carvente-Martinez is the Executive Director of Alianza for Youth Justice, Founder of Healing Ninjas, Inc., Youth Leadership Coach, and Social Entrepreneur.

As the Executive Director, he supports the coalition’s efforts to continue amplifying the visibility and advocacy of Chicanx/Latinx young leaders to transform youth justice systems with long-term solutions rooted in cultura, comunidad, and healing.

At Healing Ninjas, he has worked to create a social enterprise focused on creating access to wellness resources for BIPOC communities. He does this through his podcast, social media platforms, and partnerships with other mental health and wellness leaders.

Mr. Carvente-Martinez has worked with a myriad of industries including juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, corrections, and philanthropy. He is passionate about developing and implementing sustainable community-driven solutions in partnership with youth and families. Most recently, he worked at the Youth First Initiative, where he supported state campaigns that focused on closing youth prisons and reinvesting money into community alternatives. He worked with directly-impacted young people in these campaigns by offering professional development support, coaching, and monetary resources. Mr. Carvente-Martinesz also serves on the boards of Community Connections for Youth, and the Alliance for Youth Organizing. He is also a member of several philanthropic funds that support the leadership of directly impacted communities.

Mr. Carvente-Martinez is a Chicano, formerly incarcerated, dad, brother, and man on a journey of healing.

Julia Ramirez
Program Manager

Julia Ramirez is a Program Manager who manages a variety of projects that uplift and advocate for Chicana/o, Indigenous, Afro-Latino, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Girls, Latinx youth nationwide. Julia believes that youth voices need to be centered in order to make sustainable change for future generations while uplifting their identity.

In addition to managing projects for Alianza, Julia has a passion for ethnic and racial identity research. She hopes to implement insights and conclusions into culturally sensitive prevention and intervention efforts for youth.

Julia has received the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training for two consecutive years. She holds a B.A. in Collaborative Health and Human Services (CHHS) with an emphasis on Public Administration and Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the California State University, Monterey Bay.

Priscilla Amao
Justice Partnerships Manager

Priscilla Amao, a dedicated advocate for positive change, brings her unwavering commitment and wealth of experience to our organization. As the Youth Partnerships Manager at Alianza for Youth Justice, she leverages her expertise to address systemic issues within the juvenile justice system. Priscilla is also in her final year of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program, specializing in youth justice, mental health, and the well-being of marginalized communities.

Her extensive background encompasses over 15 years of service in various supportive and supervisory roles within nonprofit organizations. In her current role as a Psychiatric Social Worker Intern at Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH), she continues to make a meaningful impact. Priscilla's vision includes pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) to deepen her expertise and drive tangible change through research, advocacy, and leadership. Her journey is a testament to the power of determination and the relentless pursuit of social justice, values she passionately embodies in her role at our organization.

Lillyana Sanchez (She/her/ella)
Intern - Fall 2023

Lillyana Sanchez is a second-generation Chicana, born and raised in Sacramento, California, where she actively engaged with the Latino community. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with a focus on Chicano studies from California State University, Sacramento. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Lillyana discovered her passion for advocacy and community service through various community-based roles. These roles included interning at Students for Quality Education (SQE), delivering lectures on cultural competency, and working as a teacher's aide for high school ethnic studies courses.

Following her graduation, she aspired to advance her career in police abolition and collaborate with nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving BIPOC communities. Currently, she is enrolled in the two-year pathway for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her post-graduation objectives include obtaining her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification, pursuing a Ph.D. in Chicano studies, and continuing her advocacy efforts within the Latino community.

Allison Jordan (She/Her)
Intern - Fall 2023

Allison Jordan is one of the interns at Alianza for Youth Justice. She is a student parent in her last year of the three-year pathway for the Masters of Social Work program at Cal State University Monterey Bay. Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2020.

Allison works as a lead rehabilitation staff at a locked inpatient psychiatric care facility in Santa Cruz. She is passionate about social justice and mental health and is very much looking forward to beginning a career in social work.

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