Bonifacio immigrated to America from the Philippines at the age of five. While a senior in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He eventually earned the rank of Corporal and served at Camp Pendleton, CA and Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. After being honorably discharged in 2012, he attended community college and subsequently transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in political science and graduated with highest honors. Bonifacio will be attending Berkeley Law School as a part of the Class of 2020.