Ramón Borges-Méndez, PhD was born in Puerto Rico. He holds a BA (cum laude) in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMASS-Amherst, and an MCP and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT. Currently, Prof. Borges-Méndez is an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in Community Development and Planning at Clark University (Worcester, Massachusetts). He has publications on workforce development, environmental justice, labor markets, regional planning, and immigration, which have appeared in Local Environment, The Upjohn Institute Press, CENTRO Journal, and the Economic Development Quarterly. Over twenty years he has served as a consultant for The World Bank, The Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, and SEIU-1199 Health Care Workers (NYC), and other nonprofits and governments. Borges-Méndez co-leads Worcester’s Working Cities Challenge Project (FED-Living Cities) on workforce development and the food-driven economy, and belongs to the board of directors of Worcester Common Ground CDC and the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University.