He attended the Universidad Iberoamericana, School of Law in Mexico City where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Law with Honors recognition. Hector continued his studies in Human Rights at the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and in International Trade as well as in Mexico-U.S. Trade at the University of California, San Diego. In 1992 he was officially accepted to the Career Foreign Service with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That same year he was appointed Consul of Economic Affairs with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego where he remained until the year 2001 when he joined SANDAG to be the Manager of the Borders Program. As the Manager of the Borders Program, Hector is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Borders Committee, which is one out of the five policy committees and is formed by elected officials representing the San Diego region; and the Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities (COBRO), which is the only binational forum in San Diego sponsored by a public entity formed by binational stakeholders; among others things. Due to his experience in the San Diego-Baja California region, he understands the local border policy agenda items, knows the key persons in the public and private sectors, and the border’s proper cooperation and coordination mechanisms.