Ruben was born in Rio Bravo, Mexico (with roots in Monterrey, Mexico) and raised in Donna, Texas. He currently resides in Berkeley, California. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a BA in International Studies - Relations and Diplomacy and a minor in Spanish. His first public service experience came from interning in the Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio). After graduating, he went on to work at the Ohio Senate as a Legislative Aide to Senator Cecil Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio). Accomplishing his life-long goal of moving to California's San Francisco Bay Area, he has gotten involved in local politics through East Bay Young Democrats and Latine Young Democrats of the East Bay. Ruben owes the opportunities afforded to him to his passion areas: immigration, education, healthcare, and the environment.