Hugo was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised on both sides of the Nogales border. A son of two Mexican immigrants, he experienced the many obstacles his parents had to overcome and became passionate about improving his home state for minorities. Hugo graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship in May of 2014. He earned a Master’s degree focused on Bi-National Agricultural Commerce from the University of Arizona in May of 2015. After graduating, he worked at the Arizona State Senate. He joined the Florence Project in November 2016 after seeing the impact he would be able to have on the lives of immigrant children. Hugo spends most of his free time in the kitchen.