Javier Figueroa was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in Bay City, Texas. He is a vietnam veteran, having served 12 years in the U.S. Army. His last post was at Ft. Lewis in Pierce County, WA. He loved the area so much that he decided to make Pierce County his permanent home and has lived there for 43 years. He married his wife, Mary Kay, 39 years ago and the couple have three sons, one daughter and four grandsons.

In 2009, Figueroa was elected to the City of University Place City Council, at which time he became the first naturalized citizen from Mexico to be elected in Washington. He is currently on the city council and also has served as the Mayor Pro Tem, Mayor, on the City Council's Finance Committee and, as the president of the Rainier Communication Commission. He also served on the City's 2015 U.S. Open Task Force.

Deeply committed to the community, Figueroa volunteers in a variety of programs. He served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for the Pierce County Juvenile Court System and as a board member for The Grand Cinema. He served 22 years as a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Washington. He also serves as a board director for the Tahoma Audubon Society, The Grand Cinema, and was appointed appointed to the State Council on Aging. He is an accomplished racquetball player, avid reader and, chess player. He also enjoys the outdoors, golf, and cooking.

His experience in the real estate asset management field. Figueroa’s experience encompasses the specialized fields of property development, appraising, environmental issues and property rights. He gained national and international recognition for his expertise in public right-of-way negotiations and the financing of energy efficient mortgage programs. His professional positions include: Energy Specialist for the Washington State Energy Office, Lands Program Manager for the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission; and Executive Vice President of Rockmann Development Group, LLC.

Figueroa has lectured and consulted internationally. He provided policy development for the pricing and utilization of public lands for fiber optic projects for the Province of British of Columbia and the British Columbia Asset and Land Corporation. Figueroa has also served as a technical expert for an international “Sustainable Cities” project in Monterrey, Mexico that was funded by the United States Agency for International Development. In 1994, he served as a U.S. Delegate to the Environmental Conference in Moscow, Russia, at the invitation of the Russian Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources. He was also invited by the The White House of Environmental Policy to be a designated panel speaker and guest speaker at The White House Conference on Gobal Climate Change.