Our Mission

Our Mission is to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy.

Since its inception in 1919, Junior Achievement USA has been steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that every child has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. The practical business knowledge and personal economic skills taught by Junior Achievement help improve the quality of students’ lives, facilitate workplace readiness, and encourage entrepreneurship.

Through a network of 140 affiliate offices in all 50 states and 113 international members throughout the world, Junior Achievement USA delivers more than 22 richly diverse, integrated, and sequential economic education programs for school children in grades preK-12. Throughout its history, Junior Achievement USA has developed meaningful and productive relationships with its partners, including schools, administrators, teachers, parents, volunteers, community members, and businesses.

Junior Achievement of El Paso, Inc. is a member of JA USA and a part of the global organization that operates in 123 countries and reaches 9.7 million students. For more information please click on the link below: Click Here

Locally, Junior Achievement of El Paso, Inc. has been serving El Paso County since 1967, with effective hands-on financial literacy programs that reach out to young people with a diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds in both urban and rural settings. Last year we served thousands of students within the Greater El Paso Area.

Since 1967, JAEP has served over 98,000 young people in the El Paso area. The JAEP office serves anywhere between 4,500 to 10,000 students per year. In 2016-2017, JAEP provided programs for over 6,200 students in the El Paso area. JA programs are delivered by our dedicated and trained volunteers. The JAEP office currently has a volunteer base of over 504 individuals who implement JA programs throughout the city.

Board of Directors

The local office is under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Directors.¬†Fifteen (15) of El Paso’s premier businesses are represented on the board and are dedicated to supporting the mission and programs of Junior Achievement.

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Mike Gallegos
Board Chair

Area Rental Manager
Enterprise Holdings

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David Ortwein
Vice President

Director of operations
Viva Capital Funding, LLC

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Imelda Moreno-Acosta
Treasurer

Manager
SBNG Certified Accountants

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Ceci Davila
Assistant Treasurer

Vice President of Operations
GECU

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Nick LaMantia
Education Liaison

Manager
L&F Distributors

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Yvonne Santillan
Secretary

El Paso/New Mexico Border District Mgr, VP - Wells Fargo Bank

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Craig Adkins
Member at Large

Business Manager
Carrey Adkins, LP

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Robert (Beto) Burton
Board Member

Research & Account Planning
Mithoff Burton Partners

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Juan Cabrera
Board Member

Superintendent
El Paso Independent School District

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Steve Carbajal
Board Member

Manager - Client Services
ADP

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William Harvey
Board Member

President
EP Riverbend Development

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Nathan Hirschi
Board Member

Senior Vice President-CFO
El Paso Electric Company

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William McClain
Board Member

SVP Refining MGR.
Andeavor

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Michael Morales
Board Member

VP of Credit Ops
WestStar Bank

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Howard Smith
Board Member

Vice President of Marketing
Pizza Properties

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Matt Osberg
Prospective Member

SVP Corporate Finance
Helen of Troy

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Carlos Vega
Prospective Member

Private Client Advisor
Hub International Insurance Services

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Henry Ocanas
Sustaining

Vice President
JPMorgan Chase Bank

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Don Margo
Sustaining

Area President
HUB International Insurance Services

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Dan Longoria
Board Member

Owner/President
Mattress Firm

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Elizabeth Terrazas
Staff

President
JA of El Paso

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Dianica Jaquez
Staff

Education Manager
JA of El Paso