Dr. David Kay, an environmental executive with Southern California Edison, has been appointed as the new president of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands environmental organization.

He takes over the post from Catherine Tyrrell, who has held the office since 2010.

Kay serves as the manager of environmental projects at Southern California Edison Company, the second-largest utility company in the state.

A graduate of UCLA, Kay has been with Edison’s environmental department for over 27 years. Prior to joining Edison, he briefly taught general science in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kay has served on the Friends of Ballona Wetlands Board of Directors since 2008.

“I am humbled by the confidence the Friends’ board has shown in me to lead the organization going forward,” Kay said. “Friends of Ballona Wetlands are beginning a new and exciting era, with our dual missions of restoring and defending the wetlands, and expanding our community educational programs”

Tyrrell said Kay is “a natural choice to lead the organization in its next phase of development.”

“David’s knowledge and experience with wetlands restoration in the context of California’s numerous environmental laws and regulations positions the Friends to effectively advocate our community’s interests during the state’s upcoming restoration of the Ballona Wetlands,” she said.

Lisa Fimiani, Friends of Ballona executive director, added, “He is extremely knowledgeable about the public’s environmental review process, and will help ensure that the Friends’ members and broader community interests are incorporated into the Ballona restoration plan.”

The Friends of Ballona Wetlands group works to champion the restoration and protection of the wetlands, involving and educating the public as advocates and stewards.