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Armando was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. A graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He studied at the Universidad Veracurzana in Xalapa, México.

He worked throughout the Southwest alongside the famed Voting Rights leader, Willie Velasquez.

In the early 80’s with his brother in Palo Alto, California they began to connect technology to campaigns. On his return to Texas he opened the Computer Place in Victoria—which was among the first personal computer retailers in the state.

Armando has been a guest in Cuba, in Nicaragua—In Peru he assisted the renown writer Mario Vargas Lllosa’s presidential campaign.

He has worked on social justice efforts, has consulted on local, national and international political campaigns.

Armando worked in El Salvador during their political struggle. He helped prepare voters to turnout in South Africa on Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

He served as deputy political director at the Democratic National Committee in D.C.

He worked with the Marielito community in Miami, the Texas United Farmworkers, the SEIU, immigrant legislative campaigns, the Kerry Presidential Campaign in New Mexico and in Colorado, and others.

In 2005 then Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack appointed Armando to head the state’s Division of Latino Affairs.

He returned to Corpus Christi in the fall of 2010 to be close by his mother and family.

Armando is the current executive director of the South Texas Youth Congress. A non-partisan not for profit organization operating in Texas.

Armando with a resident in the Texas Hill Country who was among the first to

join in class action on Gerrymandering.


Armando Villarreal