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 was a member of the Raza Unida Party, and 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—assisted a presidential campaign in Peru, helped prepare voter turnout in South Africa on Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, and worked in El Salvador during their political struggle.

He has worked on social justice efforts and political campaigns—including the Democratic National Committee in D.C., the Marielito community in Miami, the Texas United Farmworkers, the SEIU, immigrant legislative campaigns, the Kerry Presidential Campaign in New Mexico and in Denver, and other work. In 2005 then Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack appointed Armando to head the state’s Division of Latino Affairs.

He returned to Corpus Christi on September 2010 to be closer to his mother and family.

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

join in class action on Gerrymandering.