Magdalena Aravena, ASLA, PLA is a Landscape Architect with six years of experience in practice, and seven years as an engaged volunteer and leader in ASLA. Driven by her experiences as a first-generation immigrant from Chile, she is passionate about exploring the role of designers in improving disadvantaged communities through education, advocacy, and collaborative design. She pursues opportunities for growth through volunteering, outreach programs, leading and participating on professional educational panels, and through her leadership in various national and local committees. Most recently, she served as ILASLA Membership Co-Chair and Advocacy Committee Member. Nationally, she is invested in representing Illinois, through her more recent roles in the ASLA Finance and Investments Committee Member, and as one of six members of the ASLA CEO Search Committee, which led to the eventual hiring of Torey Carter-Conneen as our ASLA CEO and Executive Vice President.