Miguel Vazquez, AICP

Miguel Vazquez

Miguel Angel is a dynamic, multi-faceted positive thinker who combines his life experiences and professional insight with his passion for community empowerment through creativity and collaboration.

Miguel Angel is one of the first planners hired by a public health department in the nation. His role at the County of Riverside Department of Public Health is to strengthen the integration of planning and health through collaboration with non-traditional partners. Miguel Angel is one of the first planners hired by a public health department in the nation. His role at the County of Riverside Department of Public Health is to strengthen the integration of planning and health through collaboration with non-traditional partners, including high school students through the Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) project.

Over the past thirteen years, he has provided professional planning and community development services to the private, public and military sectors.

Miguel’s passion for planning is reflected in his active involvement with professional planning organizations. He is a member of the American Planning Association and is registered with the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is also the founder of Art VULUPS (Art as a Vehicle to Understand Land Use Planning and Sustainability), an award-winning collaborative project in which planners and artists share their talents to promote sustainable land use development choices through curiosity and civic dialogue engagement. He has been a member of the California Planning Roundtable since 2011 where he serves as Vice President of Communications and as co-chair of the Healthy Communities Work Group. He also serves on the American Planning Planning Association's Diversity Task Force. In this capacity, he has reinvigorated and restructured the Ambassador Program. The American Planning Association has recognized his professional work and leadership at the local and state level with awards of merit and excellence.

Miguel received a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from California State Northridge and is a Fellow of the California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. In 2014, he was selected as Loeb Fellowship finalist at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

He was born and raised in Mexico City and lives in Riverside, CA with his wife Mary and their two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.

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