Arnoldo is the proud son of Mexican immigrants and a Rio Grande Valley native. He is an Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Combat Veteran, and political professional who spent a decade building robust, volunteer-powered campaigns on behalf of working- and middle-class families. He led the passing of California’s Prop 64 and the largest criminal justice reform in the country, and he helped elect the first Mexican-American in the U.S. Senate. Arnoldo also successfully campaigned for law enforcement reform and raising the minimum wage. He helped unemployed veterans gain long-term job placement by establishing the first veteran employment program for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans in Webb County, Texas.
In 2018, having witnessed countless politicians favor well-financed corporate polluters over the health and well-being of low-income communities and communities of color, Arnoldo ran for Texas House of Representatives District 37. He was the first candidate in the state’s history to push for a robust environmental justice platform that guaranteed a statewide just transition. As the National Campaign Manager of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, he is looking forward to working with all of the environmental justice leaders and volunteers to build a stronger, healthier, safer, and more compassionate country and community juntos.
Arnoldo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Language, Literature, and Letters from Texas A&M International University as well as a professional certificate of Marketing Analytics, Data Tools, and Techniques from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, he mentors young Latinos entering institutions of higher learning, visits friends who have been incarcerated due to the War on Drugs, spends time with his family and loved ones, and mentors veterans, LGBTQIA+, and Latino candidates running for office. He is based in WE ACT’s Washington D.C. office and is a member of Phi Iota Alpha and Iglesia Bautista Casa de Oracion.