Environmentalist Terry O'Day ('04), a former chairman of the Planning Commission, was selected by the City Council to fill the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Ken Genser.
The head of the non-profit group Environment Now, O'Day will serve until November 2, when voters will decide who should finish the final two years of the term that Genser won in 2008.
"I take it very seriously that it's Ken's seat and I hope to reach out to all the folks in the community who supported me, who did not, and who don't know me," O'Day said on Wednesday.
O'Day is a 12-year resident of Santa Monica. O'Day ran for the council in 2006, receiving 11,756 votes, or 16.13 percent of the total, coming in fourth in a contest for three seats behind incumbents Holbrook, O'Connor and McKeown.
O'Day is the executive director of Environment Now, founded in 1989 with the goal of protecting and restoring California's ecosystems. He has a master's in business from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows Program in Los Angeles. He received a bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University. He and his wife Tiffany have two daughters.