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Heal the Bay president, Mark Gold, steps down after 23 years with the group

City Controller Wendy Greuel and Mark Gold at Bring Back the Beach 2010
City Controller Wendy Greuel and Mark Gold at Bring Back the Beach 2010
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One of California’s most prominent environmental advocacy groups, Heal the Bay, is saying goodbye to its president, Mark Gold, after his 23 years of service.

Gold is leaving the Santa Monica-based nonprofit to take a position as associate director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where he has taught as an adjunct professor and serves on its board. Heal the Bay is primarily known for its Beach Report Card that issues letter grades to hundreds of beaches in California, Oregon, and Washington based on water quality. The group also promotes environmental education, marine habitat conservation, and operates the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Gold joined Heal the Bay as a volunteer in 1986 and was hired as its first employee in 1988. Since becoming president in 2006, Gold has been the public face of the organization as he pushed for coastal protection laws. Gold earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology and his doctorate in environmental science and engineering at UCLA and said he was excited to return to his alma mater and try something new and different.


In what ways are you inspired by Mark Gold’s dedication to Heal the Bay and its causes? What more can be done to protect and preserve the western coastline?


Mark Gold, outgoing president, Heal the Bay