Johannes is the proud son of a Filipina immigrant, and a first-generation college student. Growing up as a low-income queer person of color shaped his activist and professional values and he continually seeks to uplift these communities. At Williams College, Johannes was a leader in cultural and political organizations for students of color and LGBTQ students. After graduating with a double major in psychology and women’s and gender studies, he pursued a career in mental health as a Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), working on studies examining the psychosocial aspects of HIV prevention and treatment in LGBTQ communities. Johannes then became a Study Coordinator at The Fenway Institute, where over the course of three years he led a community-based participatory research initiative on health disparities in LGBTQ youth of color.

Throughout his career, Johannes has done extensive organizing and activist work with a focus on LGBTQ communities, trauma survivors, and dismantling the prison industrial complex. Johannes obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2017, and since then he has worked in community based settings serving LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, young people, and people experiencing homelessness. He served as the Chief Steward of the nurse union of Howard Brown Health, for which he was also one of the founding organizers. He remains connected to Point Foundation as a Community College Scholar Coach. In the near future, Johannes plans to pursue a nursing doctoral degree and yoga teacher training certification.

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