League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director for Iowa Michael (Mike) Reyes was born and raised in the Quad Cities and has been associated with LULAC for over 30 years. He served as Council 10 president for 6 of those years. A Vietnam era veteran, Reyes served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He studied as an industrial engineering technician at Scott Community College and retired from U.S government (Department of the Army) after 30 years of service. From 2003 – 2016 he held the position of senior program manager for Decision Sciences Inc., in charge of business development, special projects and the site manager at the Rock Island Arsenal.
As president of LULAC Council 10, Reyes spearheaded the revitalization of the Council, raising public awareness of the important role LULAC has played in the Quad Cities community for over 58 years. As the current LULAC state director for Iowa, he has helped expand LULAC’s footprint in Iowa from 4 to 16 Councils and helped bring LULAC Iowa to the front in ongoing struggles for civil rights, and social justice issues as well as civic engagement across the state. Reyes was also instrumental in establishing the Moline, Illinois LULAC Council. Reyes is also a past recipient of the National LULAC Lifetime Achievement Award & the LULAC National Presidential Award.