Hometown: Windsor, California
School: University of California, Irvine
Placement: The Office of Rep. Eric Swalwell
Carlos is a first-generation college student and a son of Mexican immigrants. Early on in his life, his parents made sure to instill in him a strong work ethic because day in and day out, he saw them work manual labor jobs in the wine and hospitality industry of his hometown Windsor, CA. Like many families in his community, he had no option but to work full time while attending community college to support his family.
He currently attends the University of California Irvine and is double majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society and Political Science. Last year he was selected as a Presidential Public Service Fellow, which enabled him to move to Sacramento, CA and join the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. During his time there, he was able to get a deeper understanding of the plight of the immigrant community. This experience motivated him to dedicate his life in service of underserved communities. This pursuit led him to become part of the San Bernardino Community Service Center in the Inland Empire where he helped build deportation defense cases.
This spring as a CHCI intern he looks forward to learning the legislative process of creating policies that uplift the stories of families like his.