The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth
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Executive Director

Anjanette is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from CalArts. Anjanette served as Director of Development and Consensus Organizer for Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, Grants and Donor Relations Manager for ARTS: A Reason To Survive, Company Manager for La Jolla Playhouse, Theater Operations Manager for the Jewish Community Center, and Managing Director for CYT San Diego. She served as a grant panelist for California Arts Council, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and is completing a professional certificate in Fundraising and Development from UCSD Extension. Anjanette is a founding member of San Diego Dance Connect and remains actively involved in the local dance community as an independent choreographer and guest teaching artist. Anjanette’s work in philanthropy includes having served as a grant maker for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture as the Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs, in which she was responsible for guiding the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred arts nonprofits. Anjanette’s race, equity, and social justice work includes training from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, Race Forward/Center for Social Inclusion,
and serving as a volunteer People Power organizer for ACLU.

Anjanette is a first-generation Filipina-American artist and community activist, born and raised in South San Diego where there was limited access to arts and culture. This is why Anjanette is devoted to serving as a change agent and advocate for marginalized communities of color – utilizing the arts as a catalyst for social change. As the Executive Director for The AjA Project, Anjanette is responsible for leading a team of passionate arts administrators and artists, and for all institutional advancement efforts including fundraising, board development, public relations, community partnerships, and financial oversight.