Born on October 20, 1957, Hilda Solis was raised in La Puente, California in the San Gabriel. Her father, Raúl Solis, an immigrant from Mexico, has worked as a Teamster helping to organize employees in both Mexico and the US. Her mother, Juana, who was born in Nicaragua, worked on an assembly line for Mattel Inc. for 22 years. The third of seven children, Solis was the first member of her family to attend college, graduating from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a BA in political science (1979). She later earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California (1981).