Maria Baier was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer in June 2009 to be the State Land Commissioner, and as part of that job capacity, starting in August 2009, she sits on the State Parks Board.
Most recently, Baier served on the Phoenix City Council where she chaired the Economy, Commerce and Sustainability Subcommittee. She also served on the Downtown and Aviation Subcommittee, Housing and Neighborhoods Subcommittee, Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee and the Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee.
Baier spent the past several years as President of MBC, Inc. a sustainability consulting firm specializing in sustainable land use and natural resource management practices. Prior to that, she was President and CEO of Valley Partnership, a trade organization whose primary mission is to “advocate responsible development” primarily on behalf of the commercial real estate development. She also worked for the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit land conservation organization, as director of the Arizona Field Office.
Additionally, Baier spent ten years on the Executive Staff of the Office of the Governor, serving two administrations. She served as Senior Policy Advisor in the areas of natural resources, growth and development, environmental quality and criminal justice. During that time, she was liaison to Arizona State Parks.
She is an active member of the Arizona State Bar and volunteers on numerous state boards and commissions including the Trust for Public Land Arizona Advisory Board, Great Hearts Academies Board of Directors, Valley Partnership Board of Directors, Agricultural Protection Commission and Central Arizona Partnership Board of Directors.
She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Liberal Arts at Arizona State University in Tempe and went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Ms. Baier resides in Phoenix with her husband Chris and their two daughters.