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Mark Gold is deputy secretary for oceans and coastal policy and director of the Ocean Protection Council at the California Natural Resources Agency. Previously, he was president of Heal the Bay, an environmental group dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. Mark received his bachelors and masters in biology and his doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA. He has worked extensively over the last 23 years in the field of coastal protection and water pollution; he created Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card, and has co-authored numerous California coastal protection, water quality and environmental education bills. Mark is an adjunct professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Mark served on the EPA Urban Stormwater Federal Advisory Committee and was vice chair of the California Ocean Science Trust. Currently, Mark is vice chair of the National Estuary Program's Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and he sits on the Board of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Catto Fellowship of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.