Irvin was born and raised in Louisiana. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After serving aboard the U.S.S. New Orleans, LPH-11, he was reassigned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest at Naval Station Everett, Washington. He served alongside the Judge Advocate General as a paralegal (NCO/E5 Aviation Warfare Specialist) and earned an honorable discharge. As the former Legislative Director for Rep. Janelle Bynum (HD 39), he advocates for students of Color, those within the carceral system, LGBTQIA+ communities, and other marginalized populations to create safe, inclusive learning environments for all Oregonians.