Michael Flores has been named Director of Government Relations and Community Engagement for Reno at the University of Nevada, President Brian Sandoval announced today.
Flores, a veteran Nevada government affairs and community outreach professional, previously held positions within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), including NSHE Chancellor Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs and Communication for the College of Sur of Nevada in Las Vegas. He was also a press secretary and senior community liaison for Nevada US Congressman Steven Horsford and a program assistant for Clark County. He is also the founder of the Nevada Youth Network, a nonprofit organization that works with Nevada's youth to prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
"Michael's substantial experience in government affairs, as well as in strategic community outreach, has given him experience and insight into a wide and diverse range of topics that are fundamental to the future of our University, "said Sandoval. “He has a wealth of experience that will help our institution continue to build collaborative bridges, both in northern Nevada and across the state, that are essential to our success. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Michael to our Wolf Pack family. "
NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose commended Flores for his ability to understand the needs of Nevada higher education stakeholders and to build a far-reaching consensus that has helped realize many of NSHE's strategic objectives.
"Michael has played a prominent role and provided a guiding voice in many of the initiatives that are critical to the mission of NSHE, "Rose said." Her familiarity with Nevada's political and organizational landscape, as well as her understanding of the needs of constituents, has helped NSHE better serve the entire state. I am very happy with this exciting new chapter in Michael's professional life. We will miss him, but hopefully he won't go too far, so he can continue to work together with our other NSHE institutions to promote im importance of higher education in the state of Nevada ".
Flores, a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas who holds a bachelor's degree in public policy and a master's degree in urban leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will be responsible for a variety of functions, including representing the University of Nevada, Reno in working with elected leaders at the federal, state, regional and city levels, as well as with state agencies such as NSHE. Additionally, you will collaborate with private sector interests, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to help advance the mission of the University.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen for this position,” Flores said. “The University of Nevada, Reno has established a tradition of excellence and achievement that has been recognized nationally and throughout our state. I have seen and experienced the transformative benefits of higher education firsthand, including the nights when I accompanied my mother, who was a single mother, to her evening classes at CSN and UNLV. I couldn't be happier and more humbled personally to start working for Nevada's oldest institution of higher education. "