Michael M. Milam is a third- generation retired career Army officer, graduate of New Mexico State University with a BS in Spanish, and Central Michigan University with a MA in Public Administration with extensive experience in community and economic development, political consultant, strategic planning, youth and community engagement board membership at the local and state levels in New Mexico. He has lived in Guatemala, Germany (4 times), Italy (2 times), Vietnam (2 times), Texas, Kansas, Arizona, Virginia and served in the Pentagon on three tours. His military education included Army Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Italian Army War College. He retired after 28 years in the rank of Colonel and received military awards including two Bronze Star Medals and three Legions of Merit. After retirement, Milam studied for a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at NMSU, before becoming a career consultant in New Mexico. In 1992 he began as a political consultant registered in New Mexico participating in five mayoral campaigns and three congressional campaigns. He was also the Policy Analyst for the Mayor Ruben Smith of Las Cruces for 8 years, and a Constituent Services Representative for Senator Jeff Bingaman. By 2002 Milam concentrated on assisting communities in strategic and economic planning, and a successful path in Youth Leadership Development, Community Development, Non-profit Management, and mentoring. Previous organizational ties included the Doña Ana County Workforce Action Council, Court Youth Foundation, Maternal Child Health Council, member of New Mexico First, and New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families. He worked with the Las Cruces Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board for eight years, Anthony Teen Advisory Council for five years, and New Mexico Civic Engagement Partnership for eight years. In 2017 he was recognized by NMSU as a Distinguished Alumnus. Milam has maintained an eight-year relationship with NGAGE New Mexico and is the current Board President, and continues in his 14th year as the Chairman of the Alumni Association of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at New Mexico State University.