DR. KENT MESPLAY is a “Cultural Creative”, born in a rainforest, and raised on ideas of science blended with intuition, fact with story-telling; guided by a deep curiosity of the role of high technology in society. Schooled in Engineering (Harvey Mudd College, Northwestern University), Dr. Mesplay’s Ph.D. is in Biomedical Engineering, with emphasis on prosthetics, biomechanics and efficiency of natural systems. His parents reminded him that as a boy he wanted to put turbines on the trees in his windy village so that everyone could have electric power.
Kent has been a registered member of the Green Party since 1995 when he discovered that the party platform matched his values and concerns: from renewable energy to appreciation of indigenous diversity.
He drums, sings, fasts, sweats and prays at Tribal ceremonies. He is a holder of Guardian Teachings.
An understated over-achiever, Dr. Mesplay was Valedictorian in his high school class (Mira Mesa High School, 1980) and a track athlete all the way through college. He has volunteered with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, taught in the Grossmont Union High School District in La Mesa, CA and has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations: while in Chicago, he constructed homes with Habitat for Humanity; in San Diego, he presided over Turtle Island Institute, a former non-profit (501(c)(3);1996-2002). Currently, he is Secretary of the nonprofit Civilization Transformation Project and their Primate Rescue Network fundraising activities.
Kent is a retired Air Quality Inspector II for the Air Pollution Control District of San Diego County, California (since 2001 to 2015). During that time he inspected businesses having the potential to emit particulates, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants such as asbestos. As a steel-toed environmental regulator, Kent saw, daily, the struggle of businesses surviving the economic climate. Global Climate Change is a topic of personal and professional interest. His perspectives on Climate Change are an outgrowth of his observations as a scientist and his Native heritage, teachings and awareness.
He is trained as an Emergency Shelter Manager (through the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (O.E.S.)) and was called upon to manage evacuation shelters during the fire-storms that plague Southern California. He managed the Del Mar shelter in 2007.
Kent’s verdant political work includes:
California Delegate to the Green National Committee (G.N.C.), December 2004 to 2015. Nader delegate, 1996.
County Council of the Green Party, San Diego County (Treasurer & Communications Committee Co-chair 1996; Member 2006-2008)
Candidate: U.S. Senate (CA, 1996); presidency (2004, 2008, 2012)
Kent’s nonprofit work includes: