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 2000 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 1 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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Operations and Communications Manager
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Education Specialist

Board of Directors

MICHAEL LEAKE
Director - Partner at Sheppard Mullin

MISTY MOORE
Co-Director - Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

SUZY BRAMZON
Co-Chair - Real Estate Professional

TIM CASEY
Professor of law, Cal Western School of Law

ANAND SRINIVASAN
Product Engineer, Qualcomm

MARY SCANLAN
Project Manager, Human Resources, Sempra Energy

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

TORI CALLAHAN
Senior Marketing Specialist, Classy

MIRIAM
Student

OUR SUPPORTERS

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

The California Endowment
The James Irvine Foundation
The Parker Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Dr. Bronner’s Family Foundation
Gould Family Foundation
Weingart Foundation
Gallinson Family Fund
Open Society Institute
Maximus Foundation
Boys & Girls Foundation
SDGE
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts
US Bank
County of San Diego (Community enhancement grant)
Qualcomm
Impossible
Shutter + Light
Datron
Coastal Credit Solutions
Stone Brewing Co.
Cox Kids Foundation Fund at the San Diego Foundation
Once Upon a Frame
Le Papagayo
Urbana Design & Build
U.S. Military Wood Shop
Gaslamp Photo & Digital