For the past 12 years, Monique López, founder of Pueblo, has been a social justice planner and policy advocate working on a variety of issues such as transportation justice, environmental justice, and public space access throughout Southern California. Their experience and heart for social justice shapes Pueblo's model, values, and approach. A few of Monique's most notable accomplishments include:
Leading the participatory design process of a fourteen acre public space in the Eastern Coachella Valley working closely with farm workers and their families;
Working with a broad coalition of advocates and residents to help secure over $120 million in transit and active transportation investments in environmental justice communities in San Diego;
Co-designing with residents and in partnership with community-based organizations two community supportive and innovative transit and active transportation oriented alternatives that were included in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to improve regional mobility to substitute freeway expansion alternatives;
Developing plans for the Cities of Salem, Woodburn, and for the Oregon Secretary of State to engage Latinx people in the planning and electoral process; and
Co-authoring an environmental justice ballot initiative, which was passed by 68% of voters, to prohibit the importation and disposal of sewage sludge into Imperial County and playing an integral role in coordinating a successful grassroots political campaign.
Monique is a certified planner with the American Planning Association and has earned 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. She has also earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science with a Minor in Religion from Vanguard University. When she is not working with community members, she loves to ride and work on her bike and is an avid storyteller.
Pueblo Partners with Consultants that share its values to provide professional services
Adonia Lugo, Ph.D.
Dr. Adonia Lugo is a cultural anthropologist based in Los Angeles. She builds social networks and creates resources that expand multiracial dialogue and action toward sustainable mobility and a future centered in the needs and experiences of historically marginalized communities and people of color. Inspired by a trip to Bogotá, Colombia in August 2008, she helped start the effort to organize a ciclovía in Los Angeles, and served as the board secretary of CicLAvia until January 2011. Also, co-founded the City of Lights/ Ciudad de Luces project at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition that connected day laborer cyclists with bike advocacy. In 2012, City of Lights transformed into Multicultural Communities for Mobility. She later managed the Equity Initiative at the League of American Bicyclists. And is now a sustainability educator and national thought leader in the transportation justice eld. Adonia received a B.A. in anthropology from Reed College in Portland, OR in 2005, an M.A. in anthropology from UC Irvine in 2010, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from UC Irvine in 2013.
Social Impact Designer
Esmi Rennick’s interests and education lie at the intersection of qualitative research and the concept design phase as it pertains to the built environment, spatial experiences, and social impact community work. Using participatory design techniques and community engagement Esmi prefers to design with not for the communities she is serving. “I feel this gives people a sense of ownership of the project and empowers them to feel like they can have a say in their immediate environment”. She enjoys creating spaces/products that engage viewers, enhance perspectives and generate spectacle. She obtained her B.S. in Environmental Design and minored in the Design Matters program at Art Center College of Design where she also found a passion for material explorations, installations, and exhibition design.