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SMBRC: Staff

Meet the Staff

Guangyu Wang, Ph.D.

Chief Administrative Director

Guangyu joined the SMBRP in 1991, shortly after he graduated from UCLA with a doctoral degree in Biology. As Chief Administrative Director of the Commission, he is responsible for coordinating and executing the meetings of the Commission's Governing Board (GB) and affiliated Committees/Council, overseeing grant management assistance to the SWRCB for bond-funded projects, collaborating and supporting the efforts of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP), and in coordination with the Bay Foundation (TBF) and other SMBNEP partners, overseeing, monitoring, and reporting the progress in carrying out SMBNEP's annual work plan tasks. Guangyu serves as a member of several committees and advisory panels, and promotes their contribution to the restoration of Santa Monica Bay.

Contact Guang-yu: Guangyu.Wang@waterboards.ca.gov, 213/576-6639


Jack Topel

Environmental Scientist, Project Manager

Jack joined the Commission in 2000 after several years the Regional Water Quality Control Board. His responsibilities include managing the Commission's $61 million Proposition 12, 50, and 84 grant programs. Jack has represented the Commission on many committees and advisory groups, including the Rindge Dam Task Force, the Santa Monica Mountains Steelhead Restoration Task Force, and the Malibu Civic Center Water Quality Management Technical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Resource Agency’s California River Parkways Program and the Strategic Growth Council’s Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Program Technical Advisory Committees. Jack is currently leading our efforts to help control and eliminate the New Zealand mud snail as well as other aquatic invasive species from the Santa Monica Bay watershed. He is the co-chair of the California Agencies Aquatic Invasive Species Team (CAAIST).  Jack graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a BA in Geography.

Contact Jack: Jack.Topel@waterboards.ca.gov, 213/576-6647