Joe Aldaz serves as a Program Manager for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families Onward to Opportunity career skills program, a best-in-class professional certification program for transitioning service members, Veterans and their spouses. Joe is a highly experienced university, education, government, and nonprofit executive. Joe has aspired to lead a post-military career of “Service before Self.”
Joe retired in 2004 as an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel after a 21-year distinguished career serving as a space operations officer culminating as the Director of Athletics and Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. Upon retirement, Joe has led a life of public service having served in several executive roles in the nonprofit sector to include leading the Rocky Mountain USO, Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy in Pueblo, Colorado, the Center for American Values in Pueblo, Colorado, founder and President of the Colorado Springs STARS Basketball Academy and President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was also the State Community Support Coordinator for Colorado and Wyoming for Army One Source assisting state, county, military, and corporations in supporting active-duty, guard, and reserve Service Members, transitioning Service Members, Veterans, and Families. Joe developed statewide executive-level relationships to build coalitions and alliances focused on building service capacity in the areas of employment/transition, behavioral health, legal, and faith.
Joe has served on several community nonprofit boards and is currently President of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council – The Hispanic Chamber, a board member for Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, and Co-Chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Hispanic Advisory Council chartered to develop strategies to become a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts degree in Space Systems Operations Management from Webster University. Joe is also a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership Community Leadership Program and recognized in 2010 as an El Pomar Foundation Emerging Leader Trailblazer. In his spare time, Joe has ventured into thoroughbred horseracing industry as an owner stabling and racing thoroughbreds in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Joe and his wife of 35 years, Tami are the proud parents of Alyssa, a Colorado College graduate and four-year basketball letter winner working as a Film Editor in Los Angeles and Steven, a graduate of the University of Dallas and three-year basketball letter winner and Operations Supervisor for the USO Denver International Airport Center.