Executive Director


JUANITA MOLINA, Executive Director

Juanita Molina joined BAN in November 2011. She is an experienced community organizer, has worked with a variety of organizations, and has strong ties to Latino communities across the state. For the past 20 years, she has worked in political organizing groups, nonprofit funding, grant writing, and financial and strategic planning for nonprofits. In addition to her position at BAN, she currently serves as the Executive Director for Humane Borders, a southern Arizona-based humanitarian aid organization that works collectively with other organizations to prevent migrant deaths in the desert. In Juanita’s professional experience, she has promoted program development for diverse communities and other marginalized groups, such as the HIV-positive community, immigrants, and people of color. In both large and small organizations, she has worked to create funding opportunities with federal funds as well as through grassroots fundraising. Previously, she directed a court diversion program at Circles of Peace, an organization based on restorative justice values in Nogales, Arizona. During her tenure with Circles of Peace, she secured a behavioral health license and managed a successful study with the Andrus Foundation for which they analyzed over 600 restorative justice circles to explore the efficacy of Transition Framework. In California, at Community Violence Solutions, she oversaw the crisis intervention services provided to survivors of sexual violence in Contra Costa County and provided the demographic and case management information on the clients, which was used to analyze service outcomes at Multidisciplinary Task Force meetings. In 2001, Juanita was elected as the representative for the Woman of Color North Caucus at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She was elected to two terms, during which she successfully advocated for the organization’s projects throughout Northern California. At San Francisco Women Against Rape, she expanded crisis intervention services to include a Sexual Assault Response Team, which supported survivors through their forensic exams at San Francisco General Hospital. She successfully acquired city funds through the Commission on the Status of Women to fund the programs, enabling the organization to adapt the project for existing state funding at the Office of Criminal Justice and Planning and obtain a larger operational award, which facilitated the development of crisis intervention and prevention programs. Also experienced with the challenges of smaller nonprofit organizations, Juanita was a program director in charge of organizing a warm, faith-based community at Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN). She had the opportunity to develop relationships with many local businesses and organizations that supported TIHAN’s programs. She faced similar funding challenges working with the HIV-positive community at Clinica Esperanza in San Francisco, the leading medical provider to Latino immigrants living with HIV. More than a third of the clients were undocumented, and therefore ineligible for federal funding for their treatment. As a staff, Clinica regularly created fundraisers to raise awareness and funds to treat this population, successfully raising thousands of dollars and maintaining a high standard of service to all clients.