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Phoenix Councilwoman Baier named state land commissioner

Gov. Jan Brewer named Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier as the new state land commissioner.

“(Baier) brings numerous years of outstanding experience in the public and private sectors, with expertise in the areas of land use, natural resource management, growth and development and environmental quality,” Brewer stated in a press release June 16.

Baier has represented the Phoenix City Council’s District 3 since 2007, and most recently chaired the council’s Economy, Commerce and Sustainability Subcommittee. She has served on numerous other committees, including the Downtown and Aviation Subcommittee, Housing and Neighborhoods Subcommittee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. She also served on the League of Arizona Cities and Towns executive committee and the Maricopa Association of Governments transportation policy committee, and was the city of Phoenix representative to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

She spent the past several years as president of MBC Inc., a consulting firm specializing in sustainable land use and natural resource-management practices. Prior to that, Baier was president and CEO of the trade organization Valley Partnership, which advocates “responsible development,” the Governor’s Office stated.

Baier also served on the staffs of former governors Fife Symington and Jane Hull, working as a senior policy advisor on natural resources, growth, development, environmental quality and criminal justice. She also served as deputy communications director and lead speechwriter, as well as public information officer for the Attorney General’s Office.

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