Fernando Armenta was born and raised in the City of Salinas. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1976 where he received his Bachelors Degree in Social Welfare. In 1979 he received his Masters Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University and began working for the County of Monterey.
In 1987 Mr. Armenta became a Medical Social Work Manager at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California.
Fernando and his wife Noemi reside in East Salinas. They have one son and one grandson.
Fernando served on the Salinas City Council from 1991 till 2000. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem from 1997 until his departure from office in November of 2000.
Fernando has been recognized for his community and public service on numerous occasions. Fernando has been a pioneer and leader addressing numerous community civil rights issues, affordable housing and social service needs.
He was a community organizer for the United Farm Workers in 1973, and he has been involved in grassroots organizing since. He was instrumental in introducing the idea of building a Vietnam Memorial and Veterans Park in the City of Salinas, as well as naming César Chávez Elementary School, Library and Park in Salinas, California.