Ricardo Olea

Research and Policy Analyst

The son of two immigrant parents from Guerrero, Mexico, Ricardo is a research and policy analyst with interests in urban and regional planning, with a focus on land-use and environmental regulation.


He is a native of the Inland Empire, having been born in Upland, CA and raised in Ontario, CA. He has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Latino Studies from Connecticut College and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Irvine.  


His academic achievements include being a distinguished recipient of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment Certificate, a Public Sociology Award, a Helen Mathieson ’52 Prize and a Antonio Rebolledo Memorial Prize. His leadership capabilities are exemplified by leading Connecticut College’s chapter of MEChA for 3 years and serving on the board of UC Irvine’s Association of Environmental Professionals chapter.  He has also served as student representative for the Department of Parks and Recreation at the City of Ontario.