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Juan Gomez

MILPA Collective

Juan Gomez is a proud father to Rayo Tamoxtzin (Sacred Lightning Spirit Ray). In addition, he has dedicated his adult life to being a cultural broker, movement builder, spontaneous storyteller and barrio “community” scholar. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at MILPA. Juan works to build next generation leadership while supporting healing informed team building. Throughout his career Juan has provided technical assistance for various youth justice strategies and initiatives, where he co-created healing-informed capacity building, training and strategic facilitation. Juan has also gained valuable experience by working at The California Endowment on issues impacting Boys and Men of Color. Mr. Gomez aims to see a world without the need to arrest, detain, convict, or send people into the correctional system. Juan was raised by his grandparents Amelia and Ampelio and is of Coahuiltecan and Chicano indigenous descent.