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Real LifeCyrus Salazar, Director of the Early Resolution and Conciliation Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, United States Department Of Agriculture
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 personnel.
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 program cases.