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.


Greg Beck


Greg has served on both coasts as a long time representative of JETAA.  His tenure in Los Angeles includes serving as Social Coordinator, and now Co-President.

Stuart Wong


Stuart has shown a great enthusiasm for the organization, a willingness to work hard, and feels an important aspect of our mission is to volunteer in our community.

Melissa Cruz


Melissa returned from Japan in 2017 and has been an active member with JETAA since.  Melissa is in her first year as Co-President of the Southwest region.

Cristela Reyes

Public Relations

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Cristela knew that a year in Japan wasn't enough. As a result, she brings years of communication experience and helps built and foster networking communications between alumni and the Japanese-American community in LA.

Crystal Sandoval


Crystal is a recent returnee from Japan.  She brings to the organization a fresh take on the program, and an energy that encourages others to make a positive impact on their communities.

Jon Harwell 

Events Coordinator

Jon is from Hawaii and spent three years as an ALT on JET from 2014-2017 in Oita Prefecture. During Jon’s time on JET, 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. As a new Angeleno, Jon hopes to explore this giant and diverse city with fellow alumni through JETAASC events.


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