As an engaged scholar, Dr. Michael Anthony Mendez investigates through the fields of urban planning and public health how the policymaking process and social movements influence sustainability and population health in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
His research agenda is motivated by more than a decade of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors, where he conducted applied research and actively engaged in the policymaking process. This included working for the California State Legislature as a senior consultant, lobbyist, gubernatorial appointee, and as vice chair of the city planning commission.
During his time at Yale, Mendez has participated in state and national research policy initiatives, including serving as an advisor to California Air Resources Board member Dean Florez, and as a committee member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s work group on “Climate Vulnerability and Social Science Perspectives.” Most recently, he was appointed to the Board on Environmental Change & Society of the National Academies of Sciences.