Scott Baird was appointed as the Executive Director for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) in June of 2019.  Scott has been with the Department since 2014, first appointed to serve as Director of Legislative and Government Affairs and later as Deputy Director, overseeing Policy, Planning and Operational Improvement.

Before joining DEQ, Scott worked in the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, where he provided state agencies – including DEQ – with training and guidance on improving operations. Previously, he worked in Washington State’s Governor’s Office of Financial Management, Washington State’s Auditor’s Office and Deloitte Consulting, where he helped state and federal agencies improve operations, and achieve better outcomes.

Baird earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and JD degrees from Syracuse University

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