Mia Lehrer, FASLA is president and founder of Studio-MLA, an international landscape architecture, planning, and urban design practice based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Inspired by the power of nature, Mia is recognized for a research-based design process that advocates for resilient and just relationships between individuals, communities, and our natural world. She has led ambitious public and private projects including Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium and associated public parks, Dallas’s Fair Park Community Park, San Francisco’s Levi’s Plaza, the public gardens at the LA County Natural History Museum, and many urban river-related planning projects, including the Rio Tietê in São Paulo, the LA River Taylor Yard G2 Park, and the Upper LA River & Tributaries Revitalization Plan. A native of El Salvador and educated at Tufts University and the Harvard University GSD, she and the firm are the recipients of Fast Company’s 2023 Most Innovative Companies Award, Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Design Museum’s 2021 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, among many honors. Mia is the newest Commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and served on President Obama’s U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 2014-2018.