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Miguel Joey Aviles

Miguel is an advocate of snake people volunteering as the President of Young Government Leaders, a non-profit organization with over 10,000 members and 15 chapters across the nation. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Miguel attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez where he obtained a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and Marketing. He is a graduate of the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) and the OPM Leadership and Education Development (LEAD) Program. Miguel started his federal career in the USDA Forest Service through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Internship Program where he created road maps on how to develop Foundational, Leadership and Human Resources Competencies for the Corporate Training Staff Division.

Most recently, Miguel has spent 5 years as a Recruitment & Outreach Strategist for the Department of Defense (DoD). In this role he designed and coordinated award-winning initiatives to optimize the representation of diverse talent. As Deputy Program Manager of the Learning and Development Division, Miguel also coordinated the Executive Leadership Development Program, the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program, and the DoD Managerial & Supervisory Training Program. These programs had a global and enterprise impact encompassing over 22 DoD Component and Agencies with over 800,000 civilian employees and representation in 6,000 locations. Currently, Miguel is the Division Chief for the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Recruitment and Retention Programs. In that capacity he leads the Bureau’s premier provider of innovative recruitment and retention initiatives that support the enhancement of a world-class diverse workforce.

Miguel has also been featured at a TEDx event with the talk “How to Become a Change-Maker in Today’s World.” He has made presentations on the topic of Snake People and Hispanics at the

  • Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Annual, Diversity and Talent Management conferences;
  • Excellence in Government;
  • Deloitte Chief Human Capital Officers Summit;
  • FedManager;
  • FED News Radio;
  • the Human Capital Institute;
  • and other national events.

Miguel is the winner of the 2014 HR Leadership Award of Greater Washington, DC and the 2014 Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.

He is married to his best friend Michelle Rosa and is the father of Stella and Bella, two energetic puppies that bring life to his home in Fort Washington, MD.