Dr. Morales serves as the Applied Research and Information Sharing (ARIS) Branch Chief at the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM), where he manages applied research, academic outreach, assessments, and information sharing programs focused on disaster management capacity building for 36 partner nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
He joined the CFE-DM team from United States Pacific Command’s Operations directorate where he was a program analyst. He co-chairs the Regional Consultative Group’s Information Sharing Working Group for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). He is managing editor and contributing author of CFE-DM’s Liaison Magazine, and facilitates the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Working Group, a subsidiary of the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop hosted by Brown University, Harvard University, the U.S. Naval War College, and UNOCHA. Morales is also a member of the Pacific Resilience Partnership Academic Taskforce and a member of the United Nations’ University Student Surge Group.
Morales served 24 years in the United States Armed Forces. During his military service, he served in the infantry, air defense artillery, logistics, recruiting and retention, operations, and education and training as well as operational deployments in Central America, Northeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Morales holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico; a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and a Master of Education in Human Resource Management from Wayland Baptist University; and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of the Pacific Leadership Academy and Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as well as a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Morales is adjunct faculty at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science and Wayland Baptist University’s School of Education and Business. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.