Torey Carter-Conneen, BA Economics '06, joined the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in September 2020 as chief executive officer. ASLA is a community of nearly 15,000 members whose mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.
Carter-Conneen’s goal in leading the ASLA is to expand the profession to underrepresented groups and diverse communities. He is especially attuned to the importance of cultivating diversity by championing diverse voices. He is committed to mission-driven work that enables transformation through service. This passion is evidenced by his career; he has served in executive leadership roles with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Center for American Progress, the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Institute, and MV Transportation.
Carter-Conneen credits Mason for engaging his interest in economics and developing his path as a leader. He sees our world's dramatic change as an opportunity to reshape the discourse from every facet of our lives, both professional and personal. His advice for students and young alumni comes from a theme in John Meacham’s The Soul of America: “We have been through tough times like these before and we get through them with tenacity and optimism, qualities Mason students come by naturally.”
In addition to his work with ASLA, he is also a volunteer member of ASAE’s Executive Management Professional Advisory Council and is a board member for Shepherd’s Table, a community organization providing food and support to people in need. Carter-Conneen’s focus on creating healthy, equitable, and safe environments is also part of the legacy he hopes to leave for his children, Drew and Aiden, whom he raises with his husband, Mike.
Published spring 2021
Update: Carter-Conneen was honored with a 2022 Business of Pride Award from the Washington Business Journal for his work advancing LGBTQ rights and equity. Congratulations, Torey! We love seeing our alums being recognized for their impact.