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Chester Kano

Chief of Development, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation
Chester leads a team of busy project managers, designers, architects, and landscape architects managing a portfolio of over 300 projects valued at over $400 million for one of the nation's largest public parks agencies. Chester has more than 25 years of private and public sector building experience in the U.S. and Japan; he leans heavily into projects that support LA County Parks’ mission to serve as faithful stewards of parklands while building healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities through an equity-centered allocation of public resources. Puente Hills Landfill Park is an exemplary project, rooted in community healing and environmental justice, that merges scale and regional significance with daunting constructability challenges.