Lemuel “LJ” Mariano has been a part of the yli team for over 5 years, after serving 10 years as a youth minister in Fresno. LJ currently serves as Program Manager and adult ally to young people in the Central Valley through MYNT (Mobilizing Youth to Nix Tobacco), a youth leadership coalition that is working to reduce tobacco-related health issues that deeply impact the African-American community and communities of color through advocacy, education, and action. He loves conversations around food, culture, music, and sneakers. When he’s away from work, he loves spending time with his family.
LJ graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and serves as the Board Chair of the Onramps Economic Development Corporation.