José A. Romero is a nonbinary organizer and storyteller living with HIV who is committed to transformative justice and wellness for all BIPOC and 2S LGBTQ+ people. They were born to Mexican and Salvadoran farmworkers in rural Washington State and spent their youth working in agricultural fields across the Northwest. José graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in Cultural Anthropology. They have led systems change across the US and Mexico and provided gender-affirming Spanish interpretation/translation for clients around the globe.

Before joining Pride Foundation, they have held leadership roles with the Latino Commission on AIDS, NMAC, Participatory Budgeting Durham, the University of Houston Wellbeing COMPASS Center, and the tilde Education Fund, among others. They have been featured in CNN’s Blind Angels Series and some of their proudest work includes bailing out Black caregivers from jail annually for Mother’s Day with SONG, training thousands across the US on alternatives to safety and criminalization with Mijente, co-advising a local QTPOC COVID-19 resilience fund with the LGBTQ+ Center of Durham, and helping queer, trans, and two-spirit folks laugh. As the Director of Community Advocacy, Education, and Research, at Pride Foundation, they are blessed to carry the torch lit by Jeremiah J. Allen and Agaiotupu Viena to Transform Culture.

José has called Durham, North Carolina home for several years, and they look forward to relocating to their home state of Washington in the coming months!


José A. Romero es un organizador y griot no binario que vive con VIH y está comprometide a justicia transformadora y bienestar para todes personas racializadas y 2S LGBTQ+. Nacio de trabajadores agrícolas mexicanos y salvadoreños en una zona rural del estado de Washington y paso su juventud trabajando en campos agrícolas en el noroeste. José se graduó de la Universidad de Pensilvania con honores en Antropología Cultural. Ha liderado cambios sistemáticos en los EE. UU. y México y ha brindado interpretación/traducción al español sin binaro para clientes de todo el mundo.

Antes de unirse a Pride Foundation, ha ocupado puestos de liderazgo en la Comisión Latina sobre el SIDA, NMAC, Presupuesto Participativo de Durham, el Centro COMPASS de Bienestar de la Universidad de Houston y el Fondo de Educación tilde, entre otros. Ha aparecido en la serie Blind Angels de CNN y algunos de sus trabajos de los que más se enorgullece incluye acciones de pagar fianzas de la carcel para cuidadores Afrodesendientes anualmente para el Día de la Madre con SONG, capacitar a miles en los EE.UU. sobre altenratives a la seguridad y la criminalización con Mijente, co-asesoramiento de un fondo de resiliencia contra el COVID-19 con el Centro LGBTQ+ de Durham para personas racializadas queer y trans, y ayudando a personas queer, trans y de dos espíritus a reír. Como Director de Defensoria, Educación e Investigación Comunitaria de Pride Foundation, tiene la bendición de seguir adelante con la antorcha encendida por Jeremiah Allen y Agaiotupo Viena para Transformar la Cultura.                                                                                                   

Favorite Quote: “What’s mankind’s greatest invention? Fire, wheel, sword? I’d argue it’s history itself. History isn’t fact. It’s narrative. One carefully curated & shaped. Under the paint strokes of the right scribe, a villain becomes a hero. A lie becomes the truth.” – Isaac Asimov

Favorite Place in the Northwest: Along the Columbia River (Nch’i-Wàna)

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