Michael Anthony Mendez / Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Science
Michael Mendez will present a lecture entitled "Climate Change from the Streets: Community-Based Strategies for Global Change" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11. The talk is free and open to the public.
Mendez is the James and Mary Pinchot Faculty Fellow and an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale he teaches graduate courses on environmental policy and social equity and conduct independent research. Mendez's research focuses on the fields of urban planning, public health and Science & Technology Studies; how the built environment, policymaking process, and social movements influence sustainability and population health in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Mendez’s academic background is strongly motivated by more than a decade of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors. This includes working for the California State Legislature as a senior consultant to the Assembly Select Committee on Environmental Justice, lobbyist, vice chair of Sacramento’s Planning Commission and as the legislative director of agricultural and natural resources and academic/biomedical research for the University of California, Office of the President. Most recently, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mendez to the State Mining and Geology Board.
Mendez holds three degrees in environmental planning and community economic development, including a PhD from UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning, with a designated emphasis in Science & Technology Studies, and a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2013, Mendez has been an affiliated scholar with the Center for Regional Change at the University of California, Davis and the UC Berkeley Center for Global Healthy Cities.