Joe Flores was born In Morenci, Arizona, on December 8, 1914. He graduated from Morenci High School in 1932 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Arizona in June, 1938. His additional education included graduate work in Management, Personnel Administration and Social Work at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University; Executive Leadership Seminar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.; Manpower Policy and Programs Seminar at University of Minnesota; Management Seminar, American Management Association in New York City.
Upon earning his college degree, he was employed as a Maricopa County Welfare Board Social Worker for three years before joining the Arizona State Employment Service (now Department of Economic Security) in 1941. His employment there was interrupted for two and a half years while he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to the State Employment service where his 25-year career encompassed positions as Deputy Chief of Farm Placement, Chief Occupational Analyst, Director of Personnel and Training and finally as Chief of Organization Planning and Development. In 1968 he accepted the position of Assistant Regional Manpower Administrator for Region IX of the U.S. Department of Labor in San Francisco, California, until his retirement in 1979.
His community affiliations included: Member, National and Local Board of Directors for Jobs for Progress, Inc. (Operation SER) and (Phoenix Operation SER); President, Board of Directors (1966) and Board Member for Friendly House from 1954 to 1968; The American Red Cross, Maricopa County Chapter; ESC Federal Credit Union, President and Member Board of Directors; Phoenix LEAP Steering Committee Member and Phoenix Council 284 of LULAC.
Joe had a special place in his heart for Friendly House as was evidenced by his membership on the Board of Directors for 14 years. During that time he led the capital campaign which funded the construction of a significant Friendly House building. He also had a special place in his heart for education which he believed was the key to making a better life for oneself. It was his philosophy that led to naming the Academia del Pueblo after him and it was also this philosophy which prompted his family to establish and award a scholarship in his name through Friendly House for 10 years.
Prepared by: Patricia Flores Kriegsfeld February 9, 2015