Johnny Fernandes was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. He spent the first ten years of his life in Mozambique until the civil war there forced him to return to Zimbabwe. He came to America in 1985 where he completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science at Gonzaga University and Western Washington University, respectively. Johnny worked in the high-tech industry for 15 years before committing himself full-time to social issues. Besides Salt, he is also currently helping AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe with a project called A Wall for Social Consciousness. Johnny Fernandes resides part of the year in Seattle.