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Heal the Bay's Mark Gold Resigns

He has accepted a position as associate director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Having learned all there is to know about the "water world," Heal the Bay's Mark Gold, who has worked for the water quality watchdog for more than two decades, announced on Tuesday he will step down from his current role as president of the organization.

Gold will remain on the nonprofit's Board of Directors as he enters into a new fulltime post as the associate director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He will begin the new job Jan. 30.

"I've just been in the water world my entire life, obviously there's a lot more to environmental law and policy than that," Gold said. "I needed a new set of challenges, and that's what's exciting to me about UCLA."

Gold has worked part-time at UCLA as an adjunct professor for a number of years. He has earned all of his degrees there, from his bachelor's to his doctorate in environmental science and engineering.

The Heal the Bay Board of Directors was expected to meet soon to finalize the new management structure of the organization. Longtime Executive Director Karin Hall and Associate Director Alix Hobbs, who have been with Heal the Bay for more than 10 years, will provide day-to-day management and organizational supervision, spokesman Matthew King told Patch.

"So for Heal the Bay, it really is business as usual," King wrote in an email.

He further wrote that because Gold will remain on the nonprofit's board, "we can continue to tap into his expertise."

Gold came to Heal the Bay as a staff scientist in 1988. He became the executive director in 1994 and was named president in 2006.

His proudest accomplishments, he said, were too many to name. "I almost feel like giving you a David Letterman answer," he said in phone interview.

The achievements include creating  that analyze water quality at more than 500 beaches along the West Coast, grading them from A to F. Gold said local beaches are cleaner now, especially during the summer months. "Dead zones"—areas devoid of marine life—have been restored.

"It's been an incredible, rewarding experience," he said. "It's hard to leave."

Correction/Clarification: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when Heal the Bay's Board of Directors would meet to discuss the organization's new management structure.

Stephen Udoff January 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Mark, Thank you for everything you have done to protect our waters! Good Luck in you new ventures! And keep our Beach Clean! -Stephen http://www.stephenudoff.com/
Ann Salisbury January 11, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Irrespective of anyone's résumé and educational backgound, no one knows "everything there is to know" about any particular topic. Anyone who thinks they do probably does not understand where humility ends and arrogance begins. Most topics are open to debate at some level, also, and the minute anyone thinks they "know it all" is the beginning of the end. It is not clear whether the lead on this story was the writer's understanding of Gold's assessment of his own achievements, or whether it was the writer's opinion of Gold's educational and work history. But it is opinion and adulation, and not fact. This is an unusual way to begin a story about a man whose recent impact on the Malibu area has been marked by controversy and elicited widespread and strong opposition to the policies he has worked so hard to see implemented, namely the bulldozing and major expansion of Malibu Lagoon.
Mr. Malibu January 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
the story isn't over yet - he could be charged with criminal negligence
Mr. Malibu January 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
the timing of this resignation is interesting http://www.pitchengine.com/mrmalibu/malibu-landslide-torie-osborn-victory-re-lagoon-stance-rattles-city-politics
Gunga Din January 13, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Something is very fishy Mark Gold
Athena Shlien January 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Let us look at some of the sponsors of this new Institute of Sustainability....Chevron, Aecom, Goldman Sachs, Edison, the list goes on and on. This is what I call Commercial Environmentalism. You can do no wrong when you are a wolf in sheeps clothing.

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