The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth

About Us

The AjA Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California. Utilizing participatory photography methods and an assets-based model, AjA’s programs transform youth and communities. Since its founding, AjA has provided long-term, community-based programming for over 3500 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 3 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide photography-based programming to transform the lives of youth and communities. We believe youth and communities have the ability to change from within. The AjA project exists to ignite change, break cycles of marginalization and to build healthy communities. We do this through a creative platform called participatory photography that asks participants to reflect on and analyze their personal and social landscapes.

Our Team

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Executive Director
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Co-Founder/Creative Director
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Director of Operations and Finance
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Multi-Media Artist
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Program & Artistic Coordinator

Board of Directors

DAVID GATLEY
Director - Engineer at Service Now

MICHAEL LEAKE
Co-Chair - Partner at Sheppard Mullin

SUZY BRAMZON
Real Estate Professional

TIM CASEY
Professor of law, Cal Western School of Law

MARY SCANLAN
Project Manager, Human Resources, Sempra Energy

CLYDE "BUD" BECK, M.D.
Board President Emeritus

TORI CALLAHAN
Senior Marketing Specialist, Classy

MIRIAM ADAM

Student and Former AjA Participant

NOLAN HANSEN
Director of Operations and accounting, Classy

OUR SUPPORTERS

Our work is made possible through the generous gifts of these donors.

National Endowment for the Arts

Open Society Foundation

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts

The California Endowment

Marti Emerald

Pratt Foundation

David C.Copley Foundation

Serenity Grace Foundation

Nordson Foundation

Weingart Foundation

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture

Dr. Bronner’s Family Foundation

Gould Family Foundation

SDGE

County of San Diego (Community enhancement grant)

The Parker Foundation

Union Bank Foundation

Community Enhancement Fund

California Humanities