José came to yli with years of experience in working with youth as a Youth Sectional Leader, overseeing youth groups from 6 churches throughout Fresno County. Working at yli has allowed him to build youth’s leadership capacity to create positive change in the community. Under his leadership, in 2019, the Fresno Youth Commission won the statewide Helen Putnam Award through the California League of Cities for engaging youth in local government.
José enjoys seeing the moment in which young people are able to see themselves as change agents. On his time away from work, he enjoys working out.