About the Air District

Air District Leadership

The Air District’s leadership team oversees its operations, supports its mission, and guides its approach to managing and improving air quality in the Bay Area.

The Air District’s leadership team is responsible for the District’s overall functions and activities, including policy development, administration, enforcement, permitting, technology development, planning, grant allocation, and public information.

The Air District takes a progressive approach to regulating air pollution. By adopting reasonable air quality plans and following through with sensible regulations (sensitive to socioeconomic impacts), flexible permitting, helpful compliance assistance, and proactive enforcement, the District has one of the most responsive air programs in the nation.

Veronica Eady

Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Policy & Equity

Veronica Eady serves as Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Policy & Equity and is the primary internal and external contact for the Air District on environmental justice matters and will be providing leadership of the District’s community engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion program and policy work.

Ms. Eady previously served as the Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice at the California Air Resources Board – where she oversaw their Environmental Justice activities.

Ms. Eady formerly served as the Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts and was the Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit civil rights law firm in New York City. Ms. Eady has also served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Brownfields Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where she was the principal author of Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy. Ms. Eady was also Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, an environmental justice advocacy organization. She is the former chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal advisory committee for environmental justice, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

Ms. Eady has also held appointments on several faculties, including Europe-Viadriana University in Germany, Tufts University in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Fordham Law School, and at the Stanford Law School.

Ms. Eady holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Damian Breen

Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Operations

Damian Breen serves as Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Operations and oversees the engineering and technology programs at the Air District, including the Engineering Division, the Strategic Incentives Division, and the Technology Implementation Office.

Mr. Breen previously served as the Director of the Strategic Incentives Division, where he oversaw the grants programs targeted by the Air District to reduce diesel particulate matter and health risks at the Port of Oakland. He also worked for 10 years in the Air District’s Compliance and Enforcement Division and previously for Home Savings of America Bank and various environmental consultancy firms in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Breen possesses a wealth of knowledge on national, international, and California regulations pertaining to wastewater, hazardous materials, and air pollution. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the National University of Ireland and a postgraduate diploma in Pollution Assessment and Control from the Irish Institute for Technology.

Alan Abbs

Legislative Officer

Alan Abbs serves as the Legislative Officer and oversees state and federal legislative and budget advocacy. Prior to coming to the Air District, Mr. Abbs was the Executive Director of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), supporting Air Pollution Control Officers for California’s 35 air districts in regulatory and legislative matters. Prior to that, he was the Air Pollution Control Officer for the Tehama County Air Pollution Control District, a rural air district in Northern California. Mr. Abbs has also worked as a solid waste landfill manager, a paper mill engineer, and a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Abbs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Master’s of Business Administration from CSU Chico.

Greg Nudd

Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer – Policy

Greg Nudd serves as a Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer and oversees the public policy programs at the Air District, including the Strategic Rules and Policy Office, the Planning and Climate Protection Division, the Public Health Office, and the Community Protection Office.

Mr. Nudd most recently served as the Rules and Strategic Policy Officer for the Air District. Prior to this appointment, he was the Rule Development Manager for three years. Mr. Nudd previously worked as an environmental engineer at US EPA Region 9 for five years, where he reviewed State Implementation Plans and developed Federal Implementation Plans. Mr. Nudd began his career at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, starting as a permit engineer specializing in combustion sources. He worked at TCEQ for 16 years in a variety of engineering, management, and information technology positions. Mr. Nudd earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he specialized in Energy Studies. He holds a Professional Engineering license in the State of Texas.

Jeff McKay, Ph.D 

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff McKay serves as the Chief Financial Officer and oversees the financial operations of the Air District.

Dr. McKay joined the Air District in 2003 and has served in a variety of management positions, where his prior responsibilities have included Finance, Administration, and Information Services.

Prior to joining the Air District, Dr. McKay held a variety of management positions including those at HMT Technology where he was Chief Information Officer and at IBM where he was a manager.

Rex Sanders

Chief Administrative Officer

Rex Sanders serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and oversees the administrative infrastructure and administrative policy programs at the Air District, including the Human Resources Office, the Information Technology Office, and the Administrative Resources Division, which consists of the Facility Office, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, and the Executive Office.

Mr. Sanders has been with the Air District for 11 years. He started his career with the Air District serving as a Human Resources Analyst and has worked his way up by serving as Human Resources Manager, the Manager of Executive Operations, the Director of Administrative Resources, Human Resources Officer, the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, the Safety Officer and the Non-Discrimination Coordinator.

Mr. Sanders has led the Administrative Resources Division through numerous human resources and administrative policy and service enhancements. Prior to coming to the Air District, Mr. Sanders served in the non-profit sector administering human resources for the San Francisco Bar Association and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Mr. Sanders holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley.

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Last Updated: 3/1/2018