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Anna Johannes

2012 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and Disability Inclusion Advocate

Anna Johannes was born without her left hand and forearm and started to fight for disability rights and social justice at a young age. Whether coaching low-income families, Wounded Warriors, or the future generation of Paralympic athletes, Anna has dedicated herself to helping others. After a professional career of swimming and participating in the Paralympic Games – coming away with a Bronze medal – she took her skills from the pool to the realm of business to continue that same fight.
Currently, she works at Porter Novelli on the internal marketing team. She also serves as a leader for the Disability Inclusion Task Force, is the DE&I champion for the Boston office, and is part of Porter Novelli’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Advisory Services Counsel.

Before Porter Novelli, Anna worked for Speedo, where she helped guide them to sign their first Paralympic athlete while consulting with sister brand, Tommy Hilfiger, on their Adaptive clothing line. She recently worked at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she fought to make sure every patient’s story was told.

She currently serves on the Board of Adaptive Sports New England, which helps youth get involved in athletics. Lastly, she served on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USPOC) Social Racial Justice Task Force.
She currently serves on the Board of Adaptive Sports New England, a nonprofit that help youth get involved in athletics. Lastly, she also serves on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USPOC) Social Racial Justice Task Force.