Gideon Kracov

Board Member
California Air Resources Board

Mr. Kracov is a lawyer in private practice in Los Angeles, where he represents clients in civil law, environmental and land use cases.  His work includes high-stakes litigation and complex regulatory matters.  Mr. Kracov offers experience honed by work for diverse business, labor and non-profit clients, and as a government lawyer.  He has served for over a decade as General Counsel of the California Waste and Recycling Association, a trade organization including the region's leading recycling and waste management companies.

Previously, Mr. Kracov served as a Deputy Los Angeles City Attorney where he counseled the Departments of Planning and Sanitation.  He was on the team that negotiated the $168 million settlement to remove trash from the Los Angeles River and he advised the City's contaminated property redevelopment program.

  Before his public sector work, Mr. Kracov practiced at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, a trial law firm.  There he handled toxic tort and environmental matters that helped shape these areas of the law. 

Mr. Kracov served as 2014-2015 Chair of the State Bar of California Environmental Law Section.  Elected by his peers to that role, he led education and program activities on behalf of the Section's 2,500+ environmental lawyer members.

From 2015 to 2018, he served as a Governor's appointee and Chair of the California Mining and Geology Board that oversees the State's interests in seismic hazards, mineral resources and mine reclamation. He also chaired the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Independent Review Panel tasked with recommending improvements to the agency's permitting, enforcement, outreach and fiscal management.  From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Kracov served as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Proposition O Bond Committee administering $500 million to protect the City's rivers and beaches.  He also was a Governor's appointee and Acting Chair of the State Committee supervising California's vehicle smog check program. Currently, Mr. Kracov sits on the Los Angeles County Integrated Solid Waste Management Task Force that reviews plans for facility development and coordinates recycling and waste policy within the County.  Mr. Kracov also is an alternate member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board.


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