LAURIE NEWMAN previously worked on environmental issues for state Sen. Sheila Kuehl prior to being named Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation president.

Laurie Newman, an environmental activist who helped develop the original legislation that led to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission in 2002, has been named president of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation.
Newman previously worked 14 years for former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl in various capacities, including helping to lay the groundwork for Kuehl to present the legislation (Senate Bill 1381) that created the restoration commission.
As Kuehl’s transportation consultant, Newman was also active in efforts to get the Exposition Light Rail built, as she staffed the bill that created the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority in 2003.
“I’m honored and excited to elevate my involvement with the SMBRF,” said Newman. “I have been involved with the Bay Commission since 1995. I am so proud to see the growth of the organization, one that has always been about bringing stakeholders together to clean up local waters.”
Under the leadership of Dr. Shelley Luce, Newman said she has seen how scientific knowledge and research have been successfully used to clean up the local watershed. “I am excited to serve as president of the SMBRF, an organization that will continue to work collaboratively and lead the way in restoring Santa Monica Bay,” she said.
Newman will take over the two-year position as the bay restoration foundation prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala in October that will include honorees and a full program.
The foundation is involved in restoration projects at the Ballona Wetlands, the Malibu Lagoon, coastal kelp forests, and more. Other functions include conducting research and leading student interns and volunteer programs through its Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
“We’re so delighted that Laurie Newman is taking on the role of SMBRF board president,” said Luce, executive director of the foundation. “Protecting and improving urban creeks and coastal waters is incredibly challenging – it requires strong leadership and a lot of hard work.
“Laurie is experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated, and she’s going to lead the SMBRF to even greater success in restoring Santa Monica Bay.