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.

Sharon Landers

Interim Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer

Sharon Landers is serving as the Air District’s interim Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer.

Over the past 24 years, Ms. Landers has served at the executive management level in a variety of public agencies, including transportation authorities, economic development agencies, and cities. She is a credentialed city manager who has extensive experience in government operations, including sustainability, public engagement, and social equity. She previously served as a special advisor to the New York City Mayor for transportation and air quality and began her career as an environmental lawyer.

Ms. Landers has a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Psychology from the State University of New York with a minor in Education, and a JD from Albany Law School, Union University in New York. She was also selected by the US EPA and Federal Highway Administration to attend the University of Southern California Environmental Management Certificate Program and was selected by the Harvard Kennedy School to participate in its prestigious program for senior executives in state and local government. Ms. Landers has received multiple awards and recognitions for her leadership in government service.

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.

Alexander “Sandy” Crockett

District Counsel

Alexander "Sandy" Crockett serves as the chief attorney for the Air District and manages the agency’s Legal Division. Prior to his appointment as District Counsel in 2022, he served as an assistant district counsel at the Air District for 18 years, representing the agency in high profile cases involving air quality regulations and policy, CEQA, and other environmental litigation.

Prior to joining the Air District, Mr. Crockett practiced environmental law at various Washington DC and San Francisco law firms, where he worked on a diverse set of cases.

Mr. Crockett received a B.A. with Honors in English Literature and Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in England, a Master of Science Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and his JD with High Honors from The George Washington University Law School.

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.

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.

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: 11/4/2022