David C. Schanbacher, P.E.

David C. Schanbacher serves as the director of the Natural Resources Policy Division within the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. This division tracks, analyzes, and advises the Comptroller on state and federal natural resource, environmental, energy, and endangered species initiatives with the potential to impact state revenues and the overall Texas economy. Until July 1, 2009, David served as the Chief Engineer for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, providing oversight and guidance on engineering standards of the agency and coordinating major engineering initiatives and studies. He received certification as a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. As Chief Engineer, David also served as Deputy Director of the Chief Engineer’s Office, which consists of engineering and technical experts, the Toxicology Section, the Air Quality Division (responsible for the State Implementation Plans), and the Water Quality Planning Division (responsible for Total Maximum Daily Load, Watershed Protection Plans, Water Quality Standards, Surface Water Quality Monitoring, the Clean Rivers Program, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program).Mr. Schanbacher has served as special assistant to the Office of Air Quality and the Office of the Executive Director at the TCEQ, and as a permit engineer in the New Source Review Program before becoming Chief Engineer. Mr. Schanbacher previously spent several years in various engineering positions in the chemical industry and the oil and gas industry before joining the Texas Air Control Board, a predecessor agency of the TCEQ, in 1992.Mr. Schanbacher received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.