In 2013, Carl Salazar was appointed by Mayor Annise Parker as Director of Veterans Affairs for the City of Houston. He continues this service with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration, ensuring Houston remains a national leader in supporting Veterans and their families.

Carl grew up in Santa Fe, NM enlisting in the Navy at 17. He is a 1989 graduate of the US Naval Academy and an 11-year veteran of the Navy, including service aboard the USS Ford (FFG 54) while deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Following military service, Carl earned an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He began a career in metals distribution and manufacturing, serving in management roles in a number of US cities, including a move to Houston in 2008. Soon after, he returned to community service by launching Expedition Balance, a 501c3 charity, serving Veterans with yoga, mindfulness, and other tools to help them heal from invisible wounds of service.

Carl has two children; Gabby, who attends Baylor University, and Jack, a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.