Jose was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He started his professional career in outdoor education in the 90's working for major organizations including Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Thompson Island Outward Bound Center, Sail Caribbean, Dartmouth College Outdoor Programs, Plymouth State University and, currently, at California State University Northridge. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Jose lives in San Diego with his wife and two young sons. When he is not working or going on adventures with his family, he is training for his next Stand Up Paddleboarding race or SUP surfing his local break.