Irving was born in Zihuatanejo, Mexico and came to the United States when he was six years old. Driven by a desire to emulate his parent’s commitment to education, Irving graduated from Eastside College Preparatory School in 2006, attended Santa Clara University for his first two years of college, and then graduated from the University of California, Merced in 2010 with a BA in Political Science. At UC Merced, he was elected and served as Campus Organization Director for UCM’s External Office under the Student Government. In this position he oversaw campaigns for DREAM Act, Cal Grants, Pell Grants, and lobby efforts to raise money for higher education. He also helped organize student conferences, rallies, protests, and sit-ins, and facilitated numerous workshops at different conferences and college campuses. Irving was also nominated Vice Chair of the Campus Action Committee for the executive board of UCSA, a student advocacy organization that spans across all UC campuses.