Jerry Javier (they/them) is a Project Associate at John Burton Advocates for Youth. Jerry supports the team’s efforts in housing, health, and education to ensure that programs function effectively. They come to the organization with over half a decade of nonprofit work focused on housing, employment, and education for low-income LGBTQIA+ people of color. Jerry is dedicated to empowering and uplifting marginalized groups through mission-driven collaboration.
Born and raised on the Island of Hawaiʻi, Jerry moved to California as a housing insecure youth to attend university. At the University of California, Berkeley they participated in the Mellon May Undergraduate Fellowship Program, the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Fellowship Program, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBT Communities at Cal. Jerry received a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Social Geography and a Minor in LGBT Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.