J. Ishida brings ten years of professional experience organizing youth and parents to advance racial justice through public education reform with statewide Californians for Justice. They began as a volunteer and joined the staff in 2001, serving as an Organizer, a Lead Organizer, and most recently, as Organizing Director. They supervised staff and led campaign strategy, base-building, leadership development, alliance building, staff development, as well as both grassroots and foundation fundraising. On the Management Team, J helped to guide the organization through leadership transitions, strategic planning, and organizational assessments to build an organization that was sustainable, effective, and accountable to its values and constituents.
J has served on the boards of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Fund for Youth Organizing and as a founding member of Liberation Ink, a worker-owned silk-screening collective whose profits go to social justice organizations. They earned their bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University in Feminist Studies and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.