Jacob Lipa has been appointed the new president of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands environmental organization.

He takes over the post from the founder and only president of the 30-year-old organization, Ruth Lansford.

“These days living ‘green’ is in vogue, but Ruth has been in the frontlines of the environmental movement for decades,” said Lipa in accepting his new role. “Her leadership is an inspiration to those of us who are actively working to protect and conserve our planet’s resources for the generations to come.

“We will continue to be inspired by her knowledge, enthusiasm and hard work.”

Lipa is the president of Psomas, a consulting engineering firm serving public and private clients throughout the western United States. The firm specializes in the land development, water/wastewater and transportation markets.

Friends of Ballona Wetlands members say Lipa is a natural choice to lead the organization dedicated to protecting the environment. His firm has established a reputation on the frontlines of sustainable engineering with a number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-rated projects, according to Friends of Ballona. Psomas actively pursues projects that offer the opportunity to use green building design principles.

Since Lipa became president in 2002, Psomas has more than doubled in size, has entered several new markets and expanded throughout the West. He is in charge of all day-to-day operations of the 700-employee firm.

Prior to assuming his current position, Lipa was principal-in-charge of Psomas’ land development services. He has more than three decades of experience providing civil engineering services and managing large-scale projects in the United States, including Playa Vista, near the Ballona Wetlands.