Armando Lerma was born in Indio, California, and was raised on
his parents' date palm ranch in Coachella Valley. Armando believes his father
left the migrant work because he wanted to settle down and not be moving the family
around. He said both of his parents worked very hard to ensure that he and his
brother received a good education and they also helped make it possible for each
of them to purchase their first homes in the desert. Armando graduated with a
degree in Art from Cal State Northridge and is presently enrolled in a teaching
credential program in Los Angeles.