Monique Lopez is a Planning Coordinator with Kounkuey Design Initiative, working with communities to design and develop Productive Public Spaces (PPS) that will improve economic, social, and cultural opportunities in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Additionally, she is working on projects with various communities and partner organizations throughout Southern California to improve parks and transportation.

Previously, as a Senior Planner and Policy Advocate with the Environmental Health Coalition, Monique worked to promote a more sustainable and equitable regional transportation network that advances public transit and bike/pedestrian infrastructure projects in overburdened communities. Working with residents she has been able to help secure over $120 million in transit and active transportation investment in environmental justice communities in San Diego. Early in her career, Monique worked on air quality policy issues in environmental justice communities in both Los Angeles and Imperial County with the Coalition for Clean Air and the American Lung Association. During this time she co-authored an environmental health ballot initiative, which passed by 68% of county voters, to prohibit the importation and disposal of sewage sludge in Imperial County, and helped to coordinate a successful grassroots political campaign.

Monique has a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.

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