Brian Baca was appointed to the SMGB on March 11, 2009. He previously served on the board from 2001 to 2005. Since 2007, Baca has served as chief of project planning in the department of planning and land use for San Diego County. Prior to that, he worked for El Dorado County as the development services branch manager from 2005 to 2007 and as engineering geologist for Santa Barbara County from 1989 to 2005. From 1980 to 1989, Baca was an exploration geologist for Union Oil Company. He served on the Solvang City Council from 2002 to 2005.