Scott Barnett started in local government and politics with his election to the Del Mar City Council at age 21 in 1984 where he also served as the City’s representative on the North County Transit and San Diego Association of Governments boards.
Since then he has been been involved in hundreds of public policy issues as Executive Director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association where he instituted the iconic Golden Fleece and Watchdog Awards.
Scott founded Taxpayers Advocate, has run dozens of local political campaigns, and was an elected Trustee (2010-2014) on San Diego Unified School Board where he lead efforts to implement innovative public-private partnerships which resulted in privately built public facilities, freed up budget dollars and generated new funds for student learning.
He served as a policy analyst and press secretary to Republican Assemblyman Joel Anderson and was appointed by Democratic Assembly SpeakerToni Atkins to the prestigious State of California Little Hoover Commission, a bi-partisan board including state legislators which reviews state programs and spending.
He is recognized as a skilled advocate and an expert in media relations and has appeared dozens of times on local, state and national media.