OUR TEAM

 

 

Our Project With team is made up of dynamic, passionate, and dedicated coordinators, facilitators, and evaluators. We pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive, flexible, and youth-focused working environment. Reach out to our team if you’re interested in volunteering or for future employment opportunities.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Project Director

John is responsible for leading Urban Strategies collaborative efforts focused on serving under-resourced communities in the Los Angeles region. He has expertise in conducting outreach to diverse organizations and community members working across multiple fields to accomplish shared goals. For the last 11 years he has managed partnerships with more than 50 faith and community-based organizations in Los Angeles that have served over 30,000 families. John has led the development of Project With, an innovative approach to teen pregnancy intervention with justice-involved youth that utilizes the power of storytelling by system impacted facilitators. Connect with John on LinkedIn. 

Julz Martell

Julz Martell

Senior Project Analyst

Julz grew up in Northeast Los Angeles and has developed the processes and systems that keep the Los Angeles based Urban Strategies LLC collaborative efforts organized over the last 6 years.  She has overseen the development of Project With quality control processes including setting up of systems, databases, research support, forms and technical support for our facilitators delivering the program.

Suzanne Gaxiola

Suzanne Gaxiola

Project Analyst

Suzanne has transitioned from her previous work to connect with her passion to make an impact with young people. She will direct the Project With communication plan to share our stories of impact via the web, social media platforms, short videos and other marketing materials. Connect with Suzanne on LinkedIn.

“Writing feelings in a notebook…I never stop to think about my feelings, so this really helped me.” 

– Youth Participant

Adam Zaragoza

Adam Zaragoza

Facilitator

Ana Minauri

Ana Minauri

Facilitator

Martin Bautista

Martin Bautista

Facilitator

Bobby Lopez

Bobby Lopez

Facilitator

Mateo Ozelotzin

Mateo Ozelotzin

Facilitator

Sergio Castenada

Sergio Castenada

Facilitator

Johnny (JT) Torres

Johnny (JT) Torres

Facilitator

Dr. Jonathan Nakamoto

Dr. Jonathan Nakamoto

WestEd Lead Evaluator

Rebecca Villareal

Rebecca Villareal

Support Staff

Rudy Amaya

Rudy Amaya

Facilitator

Cynthia Lopez

Cynthia Lopez

Support Staff

Ruben Ledesma

Ruben Ledesma

Facilitator

Fredid Toledo

Fredid Toledo

Facilitator