David Maldonado, Jr.'s professional career was in Social Work Education and Theological Education. He is a graduate of the University of Texas El Paso, Southern Methodist University, and University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, SMU, and the Ilifff School of Theology. He has publsihed widely in fields of Chicano aging, HIspanic religion, and race/ethnic studies. He resides in New Mexico.