Barbara Baird works closely with the SCAQMD's General Counsel on issues ranging from interpreting the Clean Air Act to CEQA compliance and general governmental law issues. She acts for the General Counsel in his absence and manages all District Counsel staff. Her accomplishments include legal advice for SCAQMD’s landmark fleet rules, leading the successful defense of paint industry challenges to architectural coatings rules, and defeating the federal government’s claim that its polluting sources were immune from SCAQMD permit fee regulation.
Before joining SCAQMD in 1989, as Senior Deputy District Counsel, Barbara served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Diego for eight years handling a wide variety of litigation and leading a litigation team emphasizing land use and environmental issues. In this role she represented the San Diego Air Pollution Control District in all enforcement and litigation matters. She also served as Deputy City Attorney for two years handling misdemeanor jury trials.
Barbara has a number of published appellate decisions including several regarding air pollution law. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, from 1989 to 1992 and taught Air Pollution Regulations and Laws for three years in the Air Quality Management Certificate Program at the University of California, Irvine. She has lectured regarding air pollution law at law schools, colleges, State Bar meetings, and other conferences. She holds two degrees from the University of Michigan: a B.A. in urban studies, earned with high honors in 1974; and her J.D. earned with honors in 1978.
For fun Barbara enjoys needlepoint and other crafts, travel, walking, and frequently visiting friends and relatives in San Diego.