Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP
Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP is known as an optimistic, dynamic, and multi-faceted community planner with a passion for creativity and collaboration. With over two decades of experience in providing community development and professional planning services to the private, public, and military sectors, Miguel Angel stands out as one of the nation's first planners hired by a public health department. As a planning and health integration specialist at the Riverside University Health System-Public Health, Miguel Angel works with non-traditional partners to strengthen the bond between planning and health. He is a highly active American Planning Association (APA) member, involved in the APA Latinos in Planning and APA Arts and Planning Divisions. He has recently created the APA Health Equity Interest Group. As a recognized leader in his field, Miguel Angel serves on the steering committees of Planners4Health California and the Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (PHEAL) project and is the President of the California Planning Roundtable. The APA and its affiliates have acknowledged his work and leadership with several prestigious awards, including the 2018 APA President's Award and the 2020 APA California Distinguished Contribution Award. He also received the 2021 Dale Prize from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Miguel Angel graduated from California State University, Northridge, earning a bachelor's in Urban Studies and Planning. He is also a fellow of the California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health. Miguel was born and raised in Mexico City and became an American citizen in 2002. He calls Riverside, CA home, where he lives with his wife and sons. Miguel Angel loves to travel, meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and is keenly interested in all things associated with creativity.