Johanna Puno Hester is the Director of Organizing and Field Services of UDW, The Homecare Providers’ Union, at AFSCME Local 3930 in San Diego, California. Johanna began her career in 1990 as a part-time clerical assistant for SEIU Local 250. In 1993, the union moved to organize hospitals in San Jose and she was recruited to help organize a growing core of Filipino nurses. This was the very venom that captured her attention to the inner workings of the labor movement. In 1995, she decided to continue to pursue her degree in higher education and was later awarded the Minority Leaders Fellowship Program from the Washington Center in 1996. This program allowed her to gain exposure to several national movements, working primarily with local voter registration efforts in the DC area and raising awareness about civil rights issues nationally. It was a time that she witnessed the convergence of a national student movement and civil rights movement of community, labor and student activists from the Philippines and in the United States. This experience ignited her political consciousness and she learned to develop the principles that would guide her work for years to come. Johanna is now championing the homecare cause and is one of the most respected labor leaders in AFSCME and throughout California. Friends, family, workers, and the countless leaders that she has paved the way for can all attest to her passion, dedication, and commitment to growing today’s labor movement for tomorrow’s generation of labor activists.