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Torey Carter-Conneen

Chief Executive OfficerAmerican Society of Landscape Architects

Washington, DC

Member Since January 2023


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Torey Carter-Conneen is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the 16,000-member professional association which represents landscape architects in the U.S. Founded in 1899, Washington, DC-based ASLA promotes landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Torey was appointed ASLA’s CEO in 2020, and in 2021 led the development of ASLA’s “2030 Vision,” which affirms ASLA’s focus on raising awareness of the interaction of people, planet, and space, thereby better positioning the organization to take on such challenges as climate change. In November 2022, under Torey’s leadership, ASLA released its comprehensive Climate Action Plan and accompanying Climate Action Field Guide that charts a pathway for landscape architects to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in their projects and operations and increase carbon sequestration by 2040. During his tenure, Torey has forged new partnerships that elevate the visibility of work by ASLA’s members such as the historic collaboration with the U.S. Library of Congress. This collaboration will for the first time archive award-winning, built landscape architecture projects, including several that mitigate the impact of climate change with nature-based solutions. Prior to joining ASLA, Torey served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and previously he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Center for American Progress (CAP), COO and later Acting President and CEO at the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Institute. Torey received degrees in economics and accounting from George Mason University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Torey and his husband Mike are fathers to two amazing children, Drew, and Aiden.

Published content

‘By any other name’: Landscape architecture’s brand-new STEM designation


Landscape architecture is now a STEM discipline--and for Fast Company Executive Board member Torey Carter-Conneen and his team at ASLA, this new designation is vital to the work.

Hurricane resilience: Hiding in plain sight


How should leaders explore and leverage green infrastructure to prepare for storm resilience?

The boon of green infrastructure: Nature-based solutions benefit the environment, the economy, and businesses


According to Fast Company Executive Board member and ASLA CEO Torey Carter-Conneen, green infrastructure is good for the planet and for businesses’ bottom line.

‘An enormous responsibility’: The misunderstood and essential work of landscape architects


Fast Company Executive Board member Torey Carter-Conneen is on a campaign to improve public understanding of landscape architecture—and in doing so, promote the creation of safe, equitable and environmentally-friendly spaces.

Addressing the wage gap for women of color: An approach for licensed professions


Diversifying landscape architecture as a profession is a strategic imperative.

Afraid of your business's carbon footprint?


Afraid of your business's carbon footprint? Here are three ways leaders can get started making a climate-positive change.

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