Chanel Flores joined UAMMI in January 2021 as the deputy director for the organization. She leads UAMMI’s implementation of the Utah Defense Manufacturing Community (UDMC) program serving as key personnel for the project, while also contributing to the Small Business Administration Regional Innovation Cluster programs (SBA RIC); both programs are designed to help the advanced manufacturing and materials industry thrive in Utah. Ms. Flores brings to UAMMI expertise gained from her accomplishments at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity such as: playing an instrumental role in adding Advanced Manufacturing as Utah’s 7th strategic industry cluster, leading efforts to officially designate Utah as a Defense Manufacturing Community by the Department of Defense, assisting in the framework for the future of advanced air mobility, furthering opportunities for space applications, and analyzing and promoting aviation-enabled economic development potential across the 46 airports in Utah. Ms. Flores currently serves on the board for the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Utah Chapter and was awarded the SAMPE 2020 Young Professional Emerging Leadership Award. She received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication, with an emphasis in training and development from Weber State University and a Master of Strategic Communication from Westminster College.