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Dr. Mark Gold Appointed IoES Associate Director for External Relations

We are very pleased to announce that the distinguished environmental leader and current President of Heal the Bay, Dr. Mark Gold, is joining us at UCLA to assume the position of Associate Director of External Relations at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Aside from helping the IoES with external relations, development and communications, Mark, who holds an adjunct faculty position, will contribute to interdisciplinary research and our undergraduate program and development of our graduate program. We particularly look for Mark to add his experience and leadership to our Coastal Center and revision of our Southern California Environmental Report Card.

Over the past 25 years Mark Gold has worked extensively on issues of coastal protection and water issues, including pollution, and is recognized as one of California’s leading environmental opinion makers. He has authored or co-authored numerous California coastal protection, water quality and environmental education bills. He has also published a number of research pieces.

Mark Gold is a life-long Bruin - receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA in Biology and his doctorate in the Environmental Science and Engineering program. He has served as President of Heal the Bay since 2006 and was Executive Director from 1994-2006. Currently, Mark is also Vice Chair of the National Estuary Program’s Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. He also served as chair of the Santa Monica Environmental Task Force for 18 years and was vice chair of the California Ocean Science Trust.

For more about Mark Gold and his move to UCLA see the press releases below:

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