MIGUEL A. VAZQUEZ, AICP
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNER
RIVERSIDE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM--PUBLIC HEALTH
Mr. Vazquez is one of the first planners hired by a public health department in the nation. His role at Riverside University Health System--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. He currently serves as co-chair of the Riverside County Healthy City Network and co-chair of the Riverside County Active Transportation Network.
Over the past 15 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; 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; member of the California Planning Roundtable—an organization created over thirty years ago to advance the planning profession and practice in California through leadership and foresight— where he serves as co-chair of the Healthy Communities work group and he also serves on the American Planning Association's Diversity task force. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in the reinvigoration and restructuring of the Ambassador Program.
The American Planning Association has recognized his professional work and leadership at the local and state level with awards of excellence and merit. In 2014, he was named as Loeb Fellowship finalist at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
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.
Mr. Vazquez was born and raised in Mexico City and lives in Riverside, CA with his wife Mary and their two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.