APA Ambassador Meet Up
Calling all APA Ambassadors! Join us for an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with your fellow Ambassadors.
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 co-chairs the Healthy Communities Work Group leading APA California's 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 currently chairs APA's Diversity Committee. He has also served on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certified Urban Designer Job Analysis Task Force and as a 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: Membership Committee, 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.
Monica is responsible for the direction and management of APA’s programming focused on students and young professionals. She brings over 10 years of experience in creating and managing engagement programs for a diverse set of audiences including students, young professionals, certified planners, academics, and more. Most recently she created the APA Ambassador Program which empowers APA member volunteers to engage with local youth and community leaders about the value of planning and the planning profession. She has also developed numerous career development programs that have been modeled throughout APA’s local chapters and divisions, such as APA’s Mentor Match, Career Reality Webinar Series, Emerging Professionals Institute, the Career Zone, and others. She is member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is seeking Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification. Prior to joining APA she was a legislative correspondent with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in Washington, DC.