Joe was born and raised on Guåhan (Guam) and identifies as CHamoru, the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands. In 2004, his family relocated to East County San Diego, where he has lived since. Upon graduating high school, Joe began his higher education journey at Grossmont College. He is a proud transfer student and finished his degree program at UC San Diego (Thurgood Marshall College) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Joe began his professional career in the hospitality industry at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, serving briefly on the board of the San Diego Concierge Association. Seeking a change, he left the hotel in 2015 to return to UC San Diego. While at the University, Joe also served several boards and committees including the LGBT Staff & Faculty Association, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, and the Pan-Asian Staff Association.
Joe is passionate about issues and policy around fat activism, gender-based violence, and the CHamoru diasporic identity.
Outside of work, Joe is an avid podcaster, lover of horror films, trivia nerd, and karaoke singer.