Larry McMullen was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is the first in his family to get a college degree, but not by the direct route. He worked in restaurant management and accounting before returning to school to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at National University. He continued his education while teaching, earning a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He has taught fifth through seventh grade at public, charter and private schools. He has also been involved in School Site Council, PTA, Student Council and coaching basketball at various schools. Besides teaching, he is involved in officiating and training basketball and tennis from youth level to the professional level in tennis and youth through high school basketball.