Mr. Barnett has spent over three decades in local government, state and local politics and public policy and has appeared dozens of times on national, state and local media.
In 1984 Mr. Barnett was elected to the Del Mar City Council at age 21, becoming the youngest elected city official in California. He also served as the City of Del Mar's representative on the board of Directors of the North County Transit District and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
In 2010 Barnett was elected and served one term on the San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees, defeating a five-term incumbent. SDUSD is the 2nd largest in California, with over 120,000 students, 14,000 employees, 50 public charter schools and an operating budget of over $1billion.
Between these elected positions Barnett worked as a political consultant in state and local campaigns and served 7 years (2005-2002) as Executive Director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and as President/CEO (2003-2004) of the San Diego Lincoln Club, a donor group supporting pro-business candidates and issues. In addition Barnett worked as press secretary to Assemblyman (now Senator) Joel Anderson.
Barnett has guest lectured on government and politics at UC San Diego, San Diego State University and National University.
In Barnett 2003 Founded TaxpayersAdvocate.org which studies local government issues.
In 2015 Barnett founded Scott Barnett LLC, a public advocacy company, whose clients include local non-profits, public charter schools, organized labor and local businesses.
He was appointed to the Little Hoover Commission by the Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins in February 2016.
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