Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP
Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP, 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. Over the past two decades, he has provided professional planning and community development services to the private, public, and military sectors. Miguel Angel is one of the first planners hired by a public health department in the nation. His role at the Riverside University Health System-Public Health is to strengthen the integration of planning and health through collaboration with non-traditional partners. His current responsibilities involve COVID-19 response, healthy and equitable planning, active transportation, community engagement, and tobacco control. He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA), APA Latinos in Planning, Planning and the Black Community and the Urban Design and Preservation Divisions, and the California Planning. He currently chairs the APA Arts in Planning Interest Group, the Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy and Leadership project and serves on the steering committees of Planners4Health California and the APA Inland Empire Section. The American Planning Association and affiliates have recognized his work and leadership with numerous awards, including the 2018 APA President’s Award and the 2020 APA California Distinguished Contribution Award. He is also a recipient of the 2021 Dale Prize. He received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning from California State University, Northridge, and is a fellow of the California Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. Miguel Angel was born and raised in Mexico City and lives in Riverside, CA with his wife and sons.