April 29: Mark Gold
Donating to: Heal the Bay
"My life has been dedicated to environmental protection and education. I was fortunate enough to work at Heal the Bay on coastal conservation and pollution prevention issues for 23 years as their President and Executive Director. I’m happy to say, thanks in some part to Heal the Bay’s efforts, that the state of water quality, marine ecology, and coastal resource protection in Santa Monica Bay has improved dramatically since Heal the Bay was founded in 1985. Dorothy Green, Heal the Bay’s founding President, was my mentor and she taught me that environmental stewardship requires tireless perseverance, collaboration with others, and an innovative approach to problem solving using science, education, and advocacy. Recently, I just moved to my alma mater, UCLA, in order to help build their Institute of the Environment and sustainability, teach, and work with students and faculty on applied environmental research and projects that will result in greater environmental protection."