Corvington’s parents fled Haiti in 1963 during the regime of dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, and immigrated to Africa. Corvington was born in Congo and, when he was in second grade, moved to Uganda, where he learned English. After a stay in Morocco, the family moved to the United States in 1982 when Corvington was a teenager. He visited Haiti for the first time in 1986. Corvington became a U.S. citizen in Baltimore in May 1993.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his master’s in public policy from Johns Hopkins University, where he received a National Minority Leadership Fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Corvington began his career traveling the East Coast, particularly in Florida, as a case manager working with migrant workers. He later served as an advocate for adjudicated youth as interim director at the Sykesville Group Shelter Home and as a patient advocate in a community-based HIV/AIDS clinic.