Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Cyrus Salazar serves as the Director of the Early Resolution and Conciliation Division within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. In this capacity, he oversees the USDA alternative dispute resolution (ADR) policy for employment and program cases. Mr. Salazar joined the USDA from the Department of the Air Force where he served as the Air Force Equal Opportunity Program Manager and Deputy Director of Air Force Equal Opportunity. He developed and administered Air Force-wide policy regarding military and civilian requirements for over 300,000 Airmen. His duties included developing and overseeing policy guidance for complaint processing, equal opportunity training, and organizational climate assessments. Mr. Salazar also served as an adjunct faculty, teaching equal opportunity and ADR curriculum at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and at the Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development at Maxwell AFB.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Salazar served as the Director of Equal Opportunity at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico where he led the military and civilian equal opportunity programs and the ADR program. In February 2011, through the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, Mr. Salazar volunteered to deploy in support of Operation New Dawn to serve as an advisor with United States Forces – Iraq (USF-I).
While working with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau under the Treasury Department which regulates and charters the national banking system, Mr. Salazar worked as an EEO Specialist and participated in a range of EEO roles as well as special initiatives focusing on recruitment, training, and developing partnerships.
Mr. Salazar began his career with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he served as a Human Resources Specialist. He then moved to the Office of Human Resources Corporate Recruitment Branch where he focused on outreach and recruitment activities. Mr. Salazar was then selected by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management where he served as the NIH National Hispanic Employment Program Manager.

M.S. in Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, United States Air Force
M.A. in Public Administration, New Mexico State University
B.A. in Communication Studies, New Mexico State University

2014 – Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2012 – Exemplary Civilian Service Award
2011 – Joint Civilian Accommodation Award
2011 – Global War on Terrorism
2011 – Named one of the “200 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2011” by Hispanic
Engineer and Information Technology magazine
2006 – Named one of the “100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2006” by Hispanic
Engineer and Information Technology magazine

National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers
Council of Federal EEO and Civil Rights Executives
HACU Alumni Association
International Public Management Association for Human Resources