Sean is originally from Calamba, Laguna, Philippines before moving to Los Angeles, California. While in Los Angeles, he was actively involved in social justice advocacy with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. In his junior year in high school, he became a Civic Opportunities Initiative Network (COIN) Scholar for the New World Foundation in New York. As a COIN Scholar, he worked with various social justice leaders of his generation to organize and address immigrant, labor, civil and human rights issues in the United States. As the first cohort of COIN Scholars, Sean has participated in the development of a leadership pipeline that involved empowering youth to go to college through social justice and community work.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergraduate, he was actively involved with the Pilipino community and immigrant student community as well as the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Senate. Before receiving his degree, Sean participated as a Policy Fellow for the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) program at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. His proudest moment was having his family witness him graduate from college.