Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Mark is an associate director at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where he uses his experience to facilitate the institute’s relationships with government agencies, policymakers, and the environmental community. Mark was President of the environmental group Heal the Bay until 2012 and was Executive Director from 1994 to 2006. Heal the Bay is 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.
Mark has worked extensively over the last 20 years in the field of coastal protection and water pollution. In particular he has worked on research projects on urban runoff pollution, DDT and PCB contamination in fish, and the health risks of swimming at runoff contaminated beaches. He created Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card, and has authored or co-authored numerous California coastal protection, water quality and environmental education bills. He served on the USEPA Urban Stormwater Federal Advisory Committee and was vice chair of the California Ocean Science Trust. Currently, Mark is a vice chair of the National Estuary Program’s Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. In addition, Mark has chaired the Santa Monica Environmental Task Force for 18 years. He sits on numerous other environmental and water quality boards and task forces.