New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League


Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League is the nation's largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization. The JACL is a membership driven organization with more than 24,000 members and over 113 chapters nationwide, with a mission to secure and uphold the civil and human rights of all people. Its mission also includes preserving the cultural heritage and values of Japanese Americans and promoting the development and understanding of all social and ethnic groups.

The New Mexico Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League had its start in 1947 with less than 15 Japanese American families in Albuquerque and Gallup participating. They called themselves the Albuquerque Nisei (second generation) Club at the time, with a focus on social activities. Click here to read more about the History of NM JACL.

NM JACL Board Members

Calvin Kobayashi Interim President
Keiko Johnson VP Operations
Calvin Kobayashi Treasurer
Yuuki Nakayachi Secretary
Esther Churchwell VP Membership
Michael Sepulveda VP Marketing & Publicity
Erik NishidaVP Special Events
Joey DayYouth Representative
Sei TokudaLiaison, Anti-Hate Program
Jennifer YazawaMember-At-Large
Victor YamadaMember-At-Large
Glenn EguchiMember-At_large
Shira L'HeureuxMember-At_large
Ashley GregoryMember-At_large
Mary Burnett de GomezHonorary Board Member
Tomari Zia

New Mexico
Japanese American
Citizens League

5010 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
87110-6342    USA

Phone: 505-565-2185
E-mail: E-mail us