Lemuel “LJ” Mariano (he/him)

LJ has proudly been a part of the yli team since 2013. LJ currently serves as Program Manager and adult ally to young people in MYNT: Mobilizing Youth to Nix Tobacco, a youth leadership coalition committed to reducing tobacco-related health issues that negatively impact the African-American community in the Central Valley. He loves to woodwork in his free-time and you can find him on Instagram at Polycarpentry Customs. When he’s away from work, he’s living life to its fullest with his wife and kids. 

LJ graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, serves as a board member with Onramps Economic Development Corporation, and serves as a worship leader at Midtown Vineyard in the Tower District in Fresno, CA.