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Cyrus Salazar, Director of the Early Resolution and Conciliation Division,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, United States Department
Mr. Salazar was born in Mission Viejo, California and raised in Cloudcroft,
New Mexico. His father worked for the United States Postal Service, while
his mother stayed home to raise the children. The family also lived off the
land to generate extra income. He recalls cutting wood with his father, on
days off, to make ends meet, and says his parents' work ethic is the key to
his achievements in life.
After earning his AA at New Mexico State University, he stayed on, earning a
bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a Master of Public
Administration. He also completed a Master of Military Operational Art and
Science at the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College. A two-
time HSF Scholarship recipient, he credits HSF in allowing him to complete
his studies and graduate.
He began his career as a Human Resources Specialist with the National
Institutes of Health, and has since worked for the Office of Human Resources
Corporate Recruitment Branch, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Management, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force
Base. He also served in the U.S. Air Force's Civilian Expeditionary
Workforce in Iraq, training and advising government, defense, and police
Today, he is the Director of the Early Resolution and Conciliation Division
at the US Department of Agriculture's Office of the Assistant Secretary for
Civil Rights, where he oversees the USDA's ADR policy for employment and