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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

Marcelo Villagomez

Administrative Manager

Marcelo Villagomez earned his B.A. in International Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with a focus in performance management in the public and non-profit sector at Harvard University. Marcelo is currently managing the administrative functions of the organization. His efforts include focusing on ongoing improvements in management and strengthening the organization’s financial and human capital to achieve mission critical long-term objectives.

Julie Du Brow

Communications Director

Julie Du Brow is the Communications Director. As Principal for dubroWORKS PR+Marketing firm since 2002, she specialized in local / regional / national campaigns for clients in the fields of green design, building/architecture, film, food, travel, publishing, visual arts, trade shows, and mobile entertainment.  Prior to that, Julie spent 16 years in the music industry, variously as Marketing Director to an independent label, Product/Artist manager to global multi-platinum bands, and Production & Inventory Director for Capitol Records.  She is on the Steering Committee for the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter’s Westside Branch, and the Steering Committee (Annual Gala) for the Architecture+Design Museum. Julie is a native Angeleno, and has a B.A. in Communications from UCLA.


Victoria Gambale

Grants and Programs Coordinator

Victoria (Ippolito) Gambale received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University where she conducted research on the giant clam. Victoria came to SMBRC after receiving a M.S. in Fisheries Science with a minor in Environmental Science from Louisiana State University. Victoria’s graduate research focused on oyster production methods for the commercial industry. She now assists in managing Proposition 84 grant programs and control of the invasive New Zealand mud snail. She recently spoke on oysters for TEDxLSU. In her spare time Victoria enjoys swimming, hiking and SCUBA diving.