Springdale attorney and former city council member Kevin Flores has been named a White House Fellow, joining a program that offers participants the chance to gain experience working in the highest levels of government.
The program placed Flores in the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he'll spend a year working alongside senior White House staff, cabinet secretaries, and other administration officials.
Flores, who was born in El Salvador, is an Iraq War veteran who worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He returned to Arkansas and became the first Hispanic and first immigrant elected to the Springdale City Council in 2020. His civic accomplishments include founding various mentoring programs and bilingual professional programs in Springdale Public Schools.
Flores holds a bachelor's in international political economics from Fordham University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Flores tweeted that has was "incredibly honored & proud" to be selected as a White House Fellow. He's among 15 people chosen from across the nation and from a broad range of professions, including local government, academia, the nonprofit sector, medicine, law, and the armed forces.
Fellowships are awarded on a non-partisan basis.