VP of Communications/ Co-Chair Healthy Communities Committee @ California Planning Roundtable
The words that I think would describe me best are “curious,” 'creative" and "entrepreneurial." I enjoy learning new concepts, formulating questions and investigating, but above all, solving problems through idea generation. This inclination has been quite useful through my journey as urban planner. Although I consider myself as “generalist,” I’m more intimately versed with land use, environmental
The words that I think would describe me best are “curious,” 'creative" and "entrepreneurial." I enjoy learning new concepts, formulating questions and investigating, but above all, solving problems through idea generation. This inclination has been quite useful through my journey as urban planner. Although I consider myself as “generalist,” I’m more intimately versed with land use, environmental planning, healthy communities, urban design and community engagement. I am also a sporadic, hybrid artist. I mainly work with photography and mixed media; my inspiration is drawn from my profession and from observing interactions between people and places. I dream up new approaches for solving challenging problems such as the use of art to communicate complex planning concepts. My ultimate dream is that everyone on the planet is aware about the power of planning and that people use such knowledge towards creating a more equitable decision-making process, particularly in communities where access to resources and opportunities are scarce.
Healthy Communities Planner @ Currently serving as the Healthy Communities Planner for the Riverside County Department of Public Health. From April 2011 to Present (4 years 9 months) Diversity Task Force Member @ Appointed in Spring 2005, the Diversity Task Force of the APA Membership Committee is charged with developing implementable ideas to increase the diversity of the membership. In addition, the subcommittee is responsible for providing insight into effective outreach strategies to diverse audiences. The subcommittee issued their annual report to the board at the 2007 APA National Planning Conference in Philadelphia.
I was appointed by Bill Anderson, FAICP and my current role is to re-ignite the APA's Ambassador Program. From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) VP of Communications/ Co-Chair Healthy Communities Committee @ The California Planning Roundtable (CPR) is an organization of experienced planning professionals who are members of the American Planning Association (APA). The mission of the Roundtable is to provide a forum for prominent planners to exercise creativity and leadership in promoting understanding of California's critical public policy issues, and recommending action. From November 2012 to Present (3 years 2 months) Founder Artist / Principal Organizer and Project Curator @ Art VULUPS (Art as a Vehicle to Understand Land Use Planning and Sustainability) is a collaborative project in which knowledge, creativity and artistic expression are harnessed to promote sustainable land use development choices through curiosity and civic dialog engagement. Urban planners, artists, educators and civic, educational and cultural institutions have come together to participate in this unprecedented philanthropic call to make a difference by giving back to the community. From October 2008 to Present (7 years 3 months) Community Leader @ From January 2014 to Present (2 years) Interim California Planning Foundation Liaison @ The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA California) established the California Planning Foundation (CPF) in 1970 as a nonprofit, charitable corporation with the goal of furthering the professional practice of planning in California.The primary focus is providing scholarships and awards to university students in financial need. The scholarship recipients come from many backgrounds and are selected because they are talented and motivated and have demonstrated academic excellence at university planning programs in California.
A secondary, but vitally important function is fostering professional development through the sponsorship of workshops, publications, research studies and other continuing educational and professional programs. CPF promotes the objectives of equal opportunity and social equity in all programs supported by contributions and fund-raising activities. From June 2014 to December 2014 (7 months) Fellow @ The California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (CaLAPH) aims to develop a multi-sector and trans-disciplinary network of transformative change agent leaders in California. These leaders will have the commitment and capacity to lead the policy, systems, and community change needed to improve community health and health equity in California. From April 2012 to February 2013 (11 months) Historian @ Established the annual historical symposium which is one of the IES/APA signature events. The 10th anniversary will be celebrated in 2017. From August 2006 to November 2012 (6 years 4 months) Task Force Member @ Job analysis task force members serve a critical function in the implementation of an examination that will be used to ensure the competence of individuals working in the field of planning, urban design. The final outcome of this Task Force's work can be found at:
www.planning.org/asc/urbandesign/subjectmatter.htm From October 2012 to October 2012 (1 month) Contract Community Planner @ Provider of planning, technical and programmatic support in regards to Quality of Life Improvements, Base Facilities Requirements (BFR's) and Energy Efficiency Programs. Duties include implementation and interpretation of the Master Plan, the Mini-master Plan and the BEAP (Base Exterior Architectural Plan) and coordination with the Public Works Branch Officials, Natural Resources and Environmenal Affairs, military clients and consultants with respect to site plan implementation and construction. From June 2009 to March 2011 (1 year 10 months) Land Use Consultant @ Start up venture. From January 2009 to May 2009 (5 months) Associate Planner @ Contract planner services primarily for the County of Riverside, California. Managed over 250 projects requiring discretionary actions from a decision-making body within the Sun City/Menifee Valley Area Plan. This area plan, is presently incorporated as the City of Menifee (as of October 1, 2008) and encompasses approximately 50 square miles and is the hometown of approximately 60,000 residents. Additional experience includes project management assignments for the City of Murrieta, CA and Perris, CA and entitlement services to private sector clients. From August 2003 to January 2009 (5 years 6 months) Staff Analyst/ Solid Waste Coordinator @ Program management assistance and technical expertise to the WRCOG's 14 member organization to ensure that member jurisdictions met their waste diversion requirements as mandated per AB939 of 1989. The Cleanest County in the West Campaign was the umbrella covering the Litter Abatement Program, the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Program, the Used Motor Oil Recycling Program and the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. Community outreach was the core of the program's social marketing implementation strategy. Monitored and evaluated program activities and budget expenditures. From July 2001 to June 2003 (2 years)
BA Urban Studies and Planning, Environmental Planning Emphasis/ Minor Geography @ California State University-Northridge From 1999 to 2001 Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP is skilled in: Land Use Planning, Community Development, Urban Planning, Land Use, Community Outreach, Environmental Planning, Urban Design, Public Policy, Policy, Historic Preservation, Zoning, Policy Analysis, Urban, Public Participation, Public Speaking
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