Mia Lehrer was born in El Salvador in a family that engaged in community leadership. Her father founded a land conservation and youth camping program aimed at helping disadvantaged youth. Her mother started a microlending program for women in the 1960s. Mia founded Studio-MLA, a design firm recognized for progressive landscape design, advocacy for sustainable and people-friendly public places, and catalyzing work for a climate-appropriate future. Mia has led the design and implementation of ambitious public and private projects including the LA NFL Stadium, the LA County Natural History Museum Gardens, Vista Hermosa Park and many Los Angeles River-related projects.