Robert Favela serves as the Director of Facility Operations at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. In this role he oversees and manages the day-to-day operations, special projects, and maintaining of the Bush Center and the Laura W. Bush Native Texas Park.
Prior to joining the Bush Center in 2014, Favela served in the U.S. Navy from 1994 – 2014. He started his Naval career as a deck seaman and transitioned to the Navy’s finest food service team as a Culinary Specialist. Favela was then commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer through the LDO/CWO program in 2008. He served aboard USS PONCE (LPD 15) and USS DECATUR (DDG 73) before reporting to the White House in 2000. Chief Warrant Officer Favela served on the Presidential Food Service staff at the White House where he served as an enlisted aide to the President of the United States from 2005 -2009. After his White House assignment, he attended Supply Corps School in Athens, GA. After graduating from Supply Corps School, Chief Warrant Officer Favela reported aboard USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) for his first Division Officer tour where he served as the Food Service Officer.
Chief Warrant Officer Favela’s has earned a certification in Estate and Household Management from Starkey International Institute, and will earn his Texas Master Naturalist certification this year. Chief Warrant Officer Favela’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 awards), Presidential Service Badge, and numerous individual, unit and campaign ribbon.
He is a native of El Paso, Texas and currently resides in Dallas with his wife and son.