Thomas Wong, pictured with Rep. Judy Chu, is on the Nature for All Board of Directors.

What’s your favorite park, trail, or natural space in the greater Los Angeles area?

I love our local parks. I have really fond memories of Barnes Park. I grew up in Monterey Park, and we’d go there all the time for play days and community events. We used it for PE in elementary school and I learned to swim at the pool there. It was and still is a key gathering space for the neighborhood, where special occasions and culture are celebrated, and where people from throughout the city come to play and strengthen the bonds of community. 

What or who inspires you in your field of work? 

My parents immigrated to the U.S. and were fascinated by the national parks. Growing up, our family vacations would often be a visit to a national park, from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite, Yellowstone and beyond. They were proud of the way we took care to preserve and enhance our natural spaces for the benefit of all and for future generations. That value for nature has driven me in my work in environmental advocacy. 

Why are you excited to serve on the Nature for All board?

I’m excited to serve on the board of Nature for All to help inspire and equip more community advocates for nature and parks, to ensure our communities have access to our natural wonders and their benefits for generations to come. 

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