Gideon Kracov was appointed to the SMGB on July 8, 2014.  He is a lawyer in private practice in Los Angeles, where he represents clients in civil law, environmental and land use matters.  Previously, he was deputy city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

In addition to his service ​as SMGB Chair, Mr. Kracov currently chairs the California Department of Toxic Substances Control Independent Review Panel tasked with recommending improvements to the agency's permitting, enforcement, outreach and fiscal management.  Mr. Kracov also is the former 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.​  He previously has served as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Proposition O Bond Committee overseeing $500 million to protect the City's rivers and beaches and as Acting Chair of the State Committee supervising California's vehicle smog check program.