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Ray Flores
Director of Creative Services, U.S. Department of Labor

Ray Flores was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. and later moved to Orlando, Fla. In his early 20s, he joined the U.S. Army with dreams of traveling the world. Over 11 years, he was stationed at Fort Lee, Va., Fort Bragg, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y. and finally Washington, DC. He did spend a year overseas for the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As a soldier/storyteller he developed a passion for creating good work and helping creative teams excel. After leaving the military, he took those passions to the Department of Veterans Affairs and then to the Environmental Protection Agency as an executive video producer. He is currently the director of Creative Services for the U.S. Department of Labor. He is fortunate enough to lead a small but skilled group of graphics designers, photographers, motion graphic designers and videographers.

Since he likes when quality work is seen by a lot of people, he also worked as a social media curator for the website Upworthy. There he helped frame important stories in a way where they could be seen by millions online. Each year, he also helps give back to the government storytelling community by helping produce the DC Video Shoot Off workshop.