Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) selects new Executive Director

July 20, 2012

Save The Bay, the oldest and largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, welcomed and congratulated the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s (BCDC) new Executive Director, Larry Goldzband, hired by the Commission’s Board of Directors yesterday. Goldzband comes to the position with more than 25 years of experience in environmental and natural resources protection, state and federal government, and business philanthropy.  He also served for many years as a BCDC Commissioner. 

“Larry Goldzband is well-equipped to lead BCDC in protecting the Bay from emerging threats and capturing the tremendous restoration opportunities before us,” said Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis. “Generations of residents have worked to save the Bay for people and wildlife, and Larry knows that improving the Bay’s health is central to our economy and quality of life. We are excited to work with him to build on the great accomplishments of the Commission that Save The Bay helped create forty years ago.” 

Founding of Save The Bay Paved Way for BCDC
Save The Bay was founded in 1961, as "Save San Francisco Bay Association" by three East Bay women who set out to stop the City of Berkeley’s plan to double in size by filling in the shallow Bay off-shore. They mobilized thousands of members to stop the project, and their resounding victory was repeated on Bay fill projects around the region. Eventually tens of thousands of Save The Bay members forced the State of California to acknowledge that the Bay belonged to the public; and Save The Bay won a legislative moratorium against placing fill in the Bay with the McAteer-Petris Act in 1965. This legislation led to the creation of BCDC in 1969, whose mission was to plan protection of the Bay, regulate shoreline development, and ensure public access, which at the time was almost non-existent.

BCDC was the first coastal zone management agency in the country and continues to be a model for most others in the world. This agency Save The Bay created has continued to prevent most proposed Bay fill projects, and since BCDC’s inception there has actually been a small net gain in the size of the Bay through tidal marsh restoration. BCDC’s permits for development along the Bay have mandated new public shoreline access, increasing access from less than six miles in 1969 to over 200 miles today. Recently, BCDC has increased regional awareness of sea level rise impacts expected on the Bay shoreline, and adopted new climate change policy guidance. 

About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. As the Bay’s leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay remains dedicated to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We protect our natural treasure from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development; restore habitat; and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 25,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.