Michael A. Mata is currently Director of the M.A. in Transformational Urban Leadership at Azusa Pacific University located in the greater Los Angeles area. He has led and equipped others in urban transformation for more than 30 years through the creation of community and church-based programs. His work has focused on community transformation, youth leadership development, public health, intercultural outreach, and multiethnic ministry. Mata serves as community transformation specialist for Compassion Creates Change, Inc., and was the director of Tools for Transformation for World Vision’s U.S. programs. He has nearly 20 years of experience in urban pastoral leadership, and holds degrees in biblical literature, religion, and urban planning. Michael also sits on the board of the Christian Community Development Association.