Samantha Best



Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency, Inc

Current Position: 

Deputy Director

Job duties: 

Lead and direct all matters related to Twin Oaks landfill and compost operations with direct accountability to the Executive Director. Responsible for day to day management and leadership, strategic planning, financial management, policies and regulatory compliance.


2010 Leed Silver Certification – United States Green Building Council 2011 Silver Excellence Award for Landfill Managment – Solid Waste Association of North America
2011 Regional Solid Waste Management Award – Brazos Valley COG
2012 Silver Medal Winner Engineering Excellence Award – ACEC of TX

What are you passionate about?

My landfill and composting career- I learn something new every day
Researching the use of vetiver plants for leachate absorption
Mom to son Hudson (age 5)
Organic Gardening
Continuing Education

Describe your educational history: 

Bachelor of Science in BESC from Texas A&M University, Class of 99′
MSW Operator A License issued by the TCEQ
Waste Screening Certification

What advise would you give to the current Aggies interested in entering environmental industry? 

Never turn down an opportunity for a entry level position in a field that you may not see as a good long term fit. Everyone must start their career somewhere! Get your foot in the door and start making those contacts and take advantage of any and all training that your employer offers. You never know where it might lead you!

If you were entering the environmental industry today, what area would you pursue? Why?

I have always been passionate about the environment, especially with respect to trash/garbage and recycling. Growing up there were very limited facilities and recycling options in my rural town which was frustrating. Illegal dumping was the norm. If I had to enter the environmental industry today I would start with local governments and would probably end up right where I am today!

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