Dallas Baker, PE, BCEE
Director of Environmental Services
Dallas joined Neel-Schaffer in 2017 and serves as the firm’s Director of Environmental Services.
Based in the firm’s Jackson (MS) office, Dallas joined Neel-Schaffer after serving nearly 24 years with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in a variety of roles, most recently as Air Director and Chief of the Air Division. In that role he was responsible for maintaining National Ambient Air Quality Standards and policy affecting statewide programs that control air pollution. In his career, Dallas managed multi-media permit writing efforts adhering to state and federal regulations such as Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Construction, Title V Operating, PSD and Title V avoidance, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Pretreatment, and Storm Water. His projects involved facilities in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, and wood products sectors, among others.
At MDEQ, Dallas was also director of enHance, the state program designed to encourage voluntary environmental stewardship by recognizing committed environmental leaders, thus nurturing sustainable solutions and conservation of resources resulting in long term economic benefits and continuous environmental improvement. In this role, Dallas assisted industry, municipalities, commercial institutions and government agencies in achieving goals, setting up improvement systems and establishing sustainable measures to benefit communities, employees and the environment.
As Director of Environmental Services for Neel-Schaffer, Dallas manages a staff of nearly a dozen engineers, geologists, and environmental technicians who provide a wide variety of environmental services to governmental, industrial, and commercial clients across the region.
He is Secretary of the Ole Miss School of Engineering Advisory Board and serves in other professional and civic leadership roles, including with the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA). In 2015, Dallas served as the International President of A&WMA, a worldwide organization of environmental professionals with over 100 chapters located in 65 countries. He also serves as a past chairman of the Mississippi Energy Coordinators Association, a group that helps industry, communities and businesses learn how to reduce their energy footprint.