About Us

The JET Alumni Association is a world-wide organization aimed at keeping JET Alumni connected to their communities both domestic and abroad.  We aim to keep the Southern California and Arizona communities engaged in social, educational, and philanthropic activities throughout the year.  Our dedicated volunteer officers and coordinators work together with our Board of Advisors to continue pushing our group into new and exciting avenues.


Jon Harwell


Jay Briones


Synethia Ennis


Originally from Hawaii, Jon spent three years as an ALT on JET from 2014-2017 in Oita Prefecture. During his time there, he organized events for Oita AJET and loved connecting the local Japanese and expat AJET communities together through fun events involving lots of good food. Jon previously served as JETAASC's Event Coordinator and as this year's Co-President, hopes to engage with many alumni through fun networking events.

Gabriela Cruz


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gabriela Cruz was a Tokyo JET from 2015-2017. While on JET, she was also a part of the Tokyo JET Professional Development committee where they provided ALTs with resources they could use to create lessons for their classes. In 2020, Gabriela served as the Public Relations Coordinator for JETAASC. 

A mainstay in JETAASC since 2016, Jay has served as Social Coordinator and Secretary in previous administrations. You can typically catch him at the monthly events hosted by the organization. When not spending time with JETAA, he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Counseling at University of La Verne or teaching infants at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center.

Grant Minagawa

Co-Events Coordinator

Hi, my name is Grant! I was on JET from 2010-2014 and placed in Okinawa Prefecture. I taught at two high schools in Uruma City for my first two years, and then moved to Naha and worked at the Prefectural Office and a special needs school.


I’m originally from Hawaii, and after JET I served as a Social Events Coordinator for JETAA Hawaii from 2016-2017, when I moved to SoCal. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the JET Alumni community for the last few years; whether it’s in Hawaii, Southern California, or virtually now due to the pandemic. I’m looking forward to bringing you more events and building a stronger JETAASC community online.