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Meet the Candidates for ASLA President Elect: Pamela Linn, FASLA

Pamela Linn, FASLA, PLA


Pamela Linn, FASLA, PLA, brings dedication, energy, passion, and professionalism through decades of leadership, service, and practice. Her outstanding dedication and enthusiasm serves the chapter, profession, and community, brings visibility to landscape architecture, and inspires future practitioners and advocates.

Pam’s personal and professional energies further the landscape architecture profession and its inherent values for transformative change. In her current role at Milwaukee Recreation, a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, Pam’s work addresses social justice and resilience through design. Her work in equitable prioritization of investment has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally and recently featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine (“Fair Play,” April 2020) and Parks & Rec Business (“An Equitable Approach,” May 30, 2021). She has been invited to speak at local and national events about her work.

Pam’s service and organizational leadership champions landscape architecture at ASLA and beyond. Diverse leadership experiences have prepared Pam to apply her thorough understanding of the profession and the organization to solve problems and maximize opportunities. Pam’s national ASLA leadership includes Vice President of Communications and Wisconsin Chapter Trustee, and she has served on National committees including the Professional Design Awards Jury (2019), ASLA Communications and Visibility (6 years), Finance and Audit (7 years), and Advocacy and Licensure (6 years). Pam’s leadership experience beyond ASLA includes the Trust for Public Land’s Community of Practice (2020-21) and NRPA’s inaugural Equity Advisory Panel (2018-19).

Pam served two terms as Wisconsin Chapter President and sat on chapter committees and awards juries. Pam’s local advocacy demonstrates her capacity to listen and solve problems. She played a vital role in negotiating with green industry associations, building consensus amongst allied professions and legislators to pass the Wisconsin Practice Act. Pam values the power of outreach to young audiences and she has developed and implemented programs for K-12 career discovery and career fairs, including middle and high school classes in Wisconsin.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and a licensed landscape architect in Wisconsin, Pam was elevated to the ASLA College of Fellows in 2015. Pam’s work has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally, demonstrated by numerous awards.

Goals and Directions Statement

Landscape architects influence peoples’ lives. Our work brings significant, meaningful contributions to our communities. Our expertise can help solve some of the world’s most serious problems, including climate change and community health. As president of ASLA, it is essential for leadership to listen to members’ needs and respond with innovative education, tools, and resources to help members succeed. We must strive to make our work visible and create opportunities for members to gain a seat at the table locally and globally.

Build on the present and position ASLA for the future: “With the 2022–2024 Strategic Plan, ASLA is charting a bold new course for the future that centers the needs of our members while advancing the profession.” As president we will build on our current strategic planning with measurable actions.

Listen to the ASLA community: Our members are ASLA’s greatest asset. We will continue to make member engagement an essential part of our culture. We will prioritize listening, and what we hear will shape our future actions.

Promote the landscape architecture profession: ASLA is our voice to share our stories, promote our works, and educate the public on the importance of landscape architecture. In a rapidly changing world and environment, we have a unique set of skills to be part of the solution. We will continue to develop initiatives that amplify our positive impacts.

Educate and inspire future leaders: Our profession grows in value and impact when we raise awareness of landscape architecture with the next generation. We will continue to promote the development of outreach tools for K-12 students. ASLA’s commitment to education strengthens our profession by providing a forum that helps us lead in critical and emerging practice areas. We must provide relevant tools and resources beyond PDHs, such as the Practice Management Institute and Candidate and Campaign Training.

I am honored to be nominated as president. In both my professional and leadership activities I am invested in community engagement, social justice, visibility, advocacy, and education. I will work to create a more equitable profession with leaders that reflect the communities where we live and work.

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