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, including the Queer Student Union, Minority Coalition, and the Sankofa step team. 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.
Since 2012, Johannes has been a lead organizer with Black and Pink, where he engages in community education and activism in solidarity with LGBTQ people impacted by the prison industrial complex. He has also provided countless hours of counseling and support to LGBTQ survivors of partner abuse with The Network/La Red and plans to integrate these diverse experiences as a health care provider. In the summer of 2016, Johannes returned to MGH to begin an accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program. As a registered nurse, and eventually a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Johannes hopes to provide affirming care to LGBTQ people of color and other marginalized communities.