Landscape designer, environmental steward, and community activist. Gisela combines her unique skill set to create California-friendly gardens and outdoor spaces that collectively nurture and respect our natural resources. Her inherent design aesthetic and sensibility aligns with the bigger mission of SMGA to connect people with the soil, their gardens and to nature.

Working with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development’s Summer Night Lights Program, she created edible gardening workshops for under-resourced communities and discovered the impact a connection to gardening nutritious food can have on inspiring and bringing a community together. Inspired by this experience, Gisela is eager to continue keeping her hands in the dirt and boots on the ground through public work and with ecological restoration projects.

As an invaluable member of the SMGA team, Gisela creates comprehensive construction document drawings which include a supportive knowledge of MWELO requirements. Gisela’s experience and comfort working with several city departments ensures that our clients projects are handled in a timely and efficient manner.