Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP
Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP 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. He currently serves as co-chair of the Riverside County Healthy City Network and co-chair of the Riverside County Active Transportation Network. He is a member of the California Planning Roundtable where he serves as co-chair of the Healthy Communities Work Group and recently became member of APA California Planners4Health Task Force. Over the past 15 years, he has provided professional planning and community development services to the private, public, and military sectors. 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. In 2014, he was named finalist for the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. The American Planning Association California Chapter and Inland Empire Section have recognized his work and leadership with a number of awards. As a devoted APA volunteer, he serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee (formerly known as the APA Diversity Task Force) and as member of the Membership Committee. He has also served on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certified Urban Designer Job Analysis Task Force and as an active member of the Diversity Task Force, he was instrumental in reinvigorating the Ambassador Program. In 2016, he served as a Juror for the 2017 APA National Awards Jury. His APA memberships also include: APA Urban Design Division, Latinos in Planning Division, Healthy Communities Collaborative and Arts and Planning Interest Group. Mr. Vazquez 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. He was born and raised in Mexico City and lives in Riverside, CA with his wife Mary and their two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.