Estakio grew up in foster care in the Yakima Valley. He endured many placements and attended multiple schools before finding a stable home at the age of 17. He worked in the fields in Central Washington before graduating from Yakima's Davis High School in 2001.
As a student at Gonzaga University, Estakio was youth representative for foster care and minority issues to the Washington State Legislature. In 2003, he was awarded Senator Patty Murray’s Golden Tennis Shoe Award, given annually for volunteerism and outstanding citizenship. In the summer of 2004, Estakio interned on Capitol Hill, igniting his passion to serve on a national level.
Beltran graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and Communications in 2005 and took a job as Assistant to Senator Maria Cantwell in her Washington DC office. In 2007, he moved to the office of Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) where he served as Senior Legislative and Child Welfare Policy Advisor, as well as liaison to the Hispanic Caucus. He went on to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York City.