Carlos Mendoza grew up in Cambria and graduated from Coast Union High School. He began working for the Cambria Community Services District in 2001. From 2001-2006 he worked for the Cambria Fire Department as a volunteer Fire Fighter. From 2002-2004 he worked for the Cambria Community Healthcare District as an EMT. He was promoted to Facilities and Resources Supervisor and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Manager in 2012. He and his wife live in Cambria.