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

Keiko Johnson Co-President
Yuuki Nakayachi Co-President
Steve Togami President Emeritus
Calvin Kobayashi Treasurer
Mara Ghadimi Secretary & Newsletter Editor
Vacant Membership Chair
Victor Yamada Special Projects Coordinator
Nikki Nojima LouisSpecial Projects Coordinator
& Newsletter Editor
Michael SepulvedaAnime/CosPlay Coordinator
Joseph DayYouth Representative
Ashley GregoryYouth Volunteer
Jennifer YazawaGrant Writer
Robert ReznickGraphic Design Coordinator
Mike SwickAudio/Visual Lead 
(Special Projects)
Terri TeshibaWebmaster
Tomari Zia

New Mexico
Japanese American
Citizens League

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

Phone: 415-234-0961
E-mail: E-mail us