Leroy was born in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and is the second oldest of his siblings. He spent most of his teenage years in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) foster care system, around five years total.
Today, Leroy is working toward his Master degree in Educational Technology at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), where he also obtained a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Leroy has eight years of leadership, advocacy, and consulting experience on local, state, and federal levels, and has made it a priority to encourage and facilitate youth and young adult political engagement at every level. He has collaborated with numerous Texas organizations, including the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care Working Group, the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP), DFPS workgroups and conferences, the Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education (Texas BAR CLE), and the Coalition for Empowering Children and Families.
Leroy has received internship and fellowship opportunities, such as FosterClub’s Outstanding Young Leaders Program Fellowship (2016), and received nationally-recognized awards, including the Certificate and Letter of Special Congressional Commendation (2016). Most recently, Leroy worked as a National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Reviewer, a federal-level consulting role with JBS International Inc.