Mr. Cyrus Salazar is the Department’s Chief Diversity Officer and serves as the Director of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). In this capacity, Mr. Salazar is responsible for overseeing the development and promulgation of policy and procedural guidance for the Department’s Military Equal Opportunity (MEO), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Diversity and Inclusion, Civil Rights, and Disability EEO programs. As ODEI Director, Mr. Salazar serves as the principal staff advisor to the Executive Director, Force Resiliency, on matters pertaining to oversight responsibility for the direction and enforcement of all DoD EEO and MEO policies affecting civilian and military personnel worldwide. In his current role, Mr. Salazar provides strategic guidance to DoD leadership; spearheads key DoD initiatives; and directs efforts to evaluate, enhance, and advance DoD policies and programs pursuant to the ODEI mission.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Salazar served as the Director of Air Force Equal Opportunity where he administered Air Force-wide policy regarding military and civilian requirements covering complaint processing, human relations education, organizational climate assessments, affirmative employment and special emphasis programs, disability employment, and reasonable accommodation. He also served as Director of the Early Resolution and Conciliation Division within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this capacity, he presided over USDA alternative dispute resolution policy for employment and program cases.
Mr. Salazar has more than 19 years of accomplished experience having served at all governmental echelons. He has held leadership and developmental positions with the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Treasury, the Department of the Air Force and the National Institutes of Health. He served as Adjunct Faculty, teaching equal opportunity and alternative dispute resolution curriculum at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, Maxwell AFB, AL. Additionally, in February 2011, Mr. Salazar volunteered to deploy in support of OPERATION NEW DAWN where he served as Policy Advisor with United States Forces – Iraq (USF-I). In this position, he oversaw the eMinistry initiative, a 25 million dollar investment to implement a human resources information system for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior.
Mr. Salazar holds a Master of Science in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from New Mexico State University.