Monique Lopez

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Monique G. López is a Social Justice Planner and founder of Pueblo Planning, an anti-racist values-driven participatory planning and design firm that intentionally engages and includes communities that are often left out of the planning process and those most vulnerable to the impacts of planning decisions. This includes Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, unhoused, and other communities that experience marginalization. Monique utilizes storytelling and participatory art-making to engage communities in the planning process in order to dismantle unjust systems and co-develop equitable communities. For the past 15 years, Monique has been a social justice planner and policy advocate working on transportation justice, environmental justice, and public space access projects, plans, policies, and designs. Specifically, Monique has worked in partnership with communities to co-create meaningful change by defeating polluting industries, stopping freeway expansion and co-developing with the community sustainable alternatives, developing popular education materials to advance justice-centered movement demands, and challenging and changing planning methodology and practice to center the stories and solutions of BIPOC and other communities that experience marginalization. Monique also brings this justice-centered approach and practice into the classroom as a lecturer at Antioch University, Pitzer College, San Diego State University, and Cal Poly Pomona.

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