Friends of Ballona Wetlands recently appointed Andrew R. Henderson, Esq., to its Board of Directors. David Kay, President of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands Board of Directors, commented that “Andy has been associated with the Friends for years, beginning with his legal work on our behalf in the mid-1990s. We’re thrilled that he will bring his considerable conservation expertise to our Board, and we look forward to his input as we continue to advocate for the restoration of Ballona Wetlands.”
Mr. Henderson remarked that “I look forward to working with the Friends to advance the organization’s mission, particularly as we work with our stakeholders to ensure that the planned restoration of Ballona Wetlands proceeds in a scientifically sound fashion, one that will benefit Los Angeles communities and ecosystems.”
Mr. Henderson served as a public interest litigator from 1994 to 2002. In this capacity he provided legal counsel to Friends of Ballona Wetlands during the period in which the highly-acclaimed fresh water marsh at Ballona was planned, permitted, unsuccessfully challenged in the courts by detractors, and eventually completed. Since 2005, Mr. Henderson has served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc.(BIASC), a non-profit trade association that represents nearly 1,000 member companies involved in residential community development in six counties.
Mr. Henderson graduated with honors in 1990 from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and also received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1981. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Henderson served on the City of Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, which redrafted the city’s charter following 75 years of piecemeal amendments. He has argued cases in several California and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and advises BIASC and its affiliates on issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other local, state, and federal environmental policies and regulations.
Mr. Henderson helped to found and later became the President of the Society for Masonboro Island, which worked patiently to conserve a barrier island close to fast-growing Wilmington, North Carolina. Mr. Henderson also helped to found two other successful non-profit organizations, including, in 1996, Santa Monica-based Break the Cycle, Inc., which aims to educate teens about and prevent dating violence and other domestic violence.
Since 1995 Mr. Henderson and his wife Kristen have lived in nearby Mar Vista, along with their son Christopher.