Michael “Mike” Flores joined the U.S. Foreign Service on September 10, 2001. His first tour of duty was at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, where he served in the consular section as a vice consul, adjudicating visa applications, verifying U.S. citizenship, and performing fraud prevention work from 2002-2004. He then served in Moscow, Russia as a vice consul from 2004-2006. Mr. Flores went on to serve as consular chief in St. Petersburg, Russia from 2006-2007 before returning to the U.S. for training. From 2008-2011, Mr. Flores served as the Regional Fraud Prevention Manager (RFPM) based in Bangkok, Thailand and supported U.S. Missions in Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Burma, Laos, and Cambodia.
As the State Department’s sole RFPM, Mr. Flores’ portfolio covered joint U.S.-Thai counterterrorism issues, human smuggling and trafficking cases, and other immigration fraud cases. In 2011-2013, he served as the special assistant to the Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Rose E. Gottemoeller. In addition to living and working in the above mentioned places, Mr. Flores temporarily worked with consular operations in Yekaterinburg (Russia), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Yangon (Burma). Currently, Mr. Flores is a multilateral diplomacy officer in the Bureau of International Organizations/Office of United Nations Political Affairs.
Mr. Flores, from East Los Angeles and a graduate of Bell Gardens High School, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1999 from California State University, Long Beach in history with honors and political science. Mr. Flores earned a master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University in 2001. In July 2013, he completed a second master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Mr. Flores also speaks Spanish, Russian, and Thai.