Andrés was born and raised in the Valle de San Fernando of Los Angeles. The fourth child of two Mexican immigrant parents, Spanish was his first language and Chicano English was his second. Andrés moved to Washington State to earn a B.A. in Literature and French from Seattle University. After college, he joined the Jesuits and began working primarily with the Latino community in Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico. Currently, Andrés is studying philosophy, languages and dance at Saint Louis University. When not talking about Mexican and Chicano culture and issues, you will most likely find Andrés dancing to Britney Spears.