Mark Gold says farewell to UCLA for Governor-appointed position in Sacramento

June 28, 2019

UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability Mark Gold has been appointed deputy secretary for oceans and coastal policy and director of the Ocean Protection Council at the California Natural Resources Agency by Governor Gavin Newsom. Mark has a long history of leadership in environment and is the perfect fit for this role.

A lifetime Bruin, Mark received his bachelors and masters degrees in biology and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA. He has been inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Hall of Fame and has received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Aspen Institute Catto Fellowship. In addition, Dr. Gold served on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Water Task Force and was a city representative on the Metropolitan Water District. Prior to working at the university, Dr. Gold served as the president of the environmental group Heal the Bay for 18 years.

Mark returned to UCLA in 2012 to lead the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC). Mark’s leadership and expertise has been invaluable in moving Los Angeles County towards 100% renewable energy, 100% local water, and enhanced ecosystem health by 2050. UCLA is excited for our State and our oceans, and to have Mark’s leadership in Sacramento. The campus expects to appoint a new academic leader of the SLA GC by early fall quarter.