Michael Anthony Mendez

James and Mary Pinchot Faculty Fellow; Associate Research Scientist

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Tel: +1 (203) 436-5362

Faculty Support
Ben Walter, 203-432-9794

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511



UC Berkeley

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

For more information visit: www.michaelanthonymendez.com

A BIOGRAPHY Towards Theory + Practice:

As an engaged scholar, I investigate through the fields of urban planning, public health, and Science & Technology Studies (STS) how the built environment, policymaking process, and social movements influence sustainability and population health in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

​I currently serve as a faculty fellow and associate research scientist at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. As the inaugural James and Mary Pinchot Fellow in Sustainability Studies, I teach graduate courses on environmental policy and social equity and conduct independent research.

My 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, lobbyist, vice chair of Sacramento’s Planning Commission, and as the legislative director of agricultural & natural resources and academic/biomedical research for the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP). In these positions, I conducted applied research and actively engaged in the policymaking process.

Most recently, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed me to the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB). On the SMGB, I held the Environmental Protection/Ecosystems board position.