Background

John is currently a senior at Georgetown University, where he is completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Global Health with a concentration in the health economics of diabetes in Latin America.

Prior to attending Georgetown, John completed his Associate’s degree in Biology, magna cum laude, at the Miami Dade Honors College, where he was named ‘Graduate of the Year’ by the institution’s Board of Trustees and received the most prestigious scholarship for transfer students nationwide, the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, allotting him $155,000 to complete his undergraduate education. While at the Honors College, John created a diabetes prevention and awareness initiative, ’Sweeter than Sugar,’ in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University. His initiative focused on reducing the risk of low-income communities of color in Miami, Florida, for type II diabetes.

At Georgetown, John was a member of the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP) and conducted a summer internship in 2020 focused on expending resources for community college transfer students. He interned at Management Sciences for Health as a pharmaceutical economics analyst, focused on expanding health technology assessments (HTA) infrastructure in Asia. He also interned with Georgetown’s Business for Impact multi-sectoral initiative the Portion Balance Coalition conducting a landscape analysis regarding the intersection of the food industry and public health efforts for tackling non-communicable disease through the reduction of portion sizes. John also spent a semester researching feasible interventions for tackling food insecurity in rural Haiti. John plans to conduct his undergraduate thesis on the health financing of diabetes in Mexico and how their financing strategies impact accessibility to diabetes-related medical technologies for low-income communities.

John is also passionate about music and film, writing as an entertainment columnist for Georgetown’s newspapers, The Hoya and The Voice. In his free time, he enjoys watching Stranger Things and a Cuban colada.