The Partnership

The Coastal Bend Air Quality Partnership (CBAQP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We believe that everyone deserves to live, work, and play in a community with healthy air. With a deep commitment to protecting air quality, our partnership and stakeholders aim to provide the region with the tools and resources needed to protect our air today and over the long term.

Our Mission

Protect the Coastal Bend’s air quality and inspire all emission sources to strive for performance targets beyond general compliance through research, education and the development and distribution of guidance documents, recommendations, and tools for emission-reducing activities.

Our purpose

  • Advance regional dialogues about the effects of air quality on health, environment, economy, and overall quality of life
  • Communicate to industry, government, small businesses, and the public on air quality issues
  • Promote voluntary air quality improvement measures and pollution reducing activities
  • Propose and promote programs for monitoring and improving air quality


Our leadership team represents trailblazers from area industries, environmental efforts, governmental bodies, community operations and more. The goal: bring together the right voices into the room to help drive our mission forward.

Sharon Murphy
Executive Director

Sharon Bailey Murphy

Sharon Bailey Murphy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Coastal Bend Air Quality Partnership. She is a 25-year environmental professional, having a background in the chemical industry, regulatory affairs, and municipal government.

For the last 13 years, Sharon has served as a member of the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group, the predecessor to the Coastal Bend Air Quality Partnership. She has been integral to the leadership of the organization, both because of her role, in the City of Corpus Christi’s government and as a concerned environmental scientist. She was a member of the interim board, before resigning to apply for the position of Executive Director.

Before joining CBAQP, Ms. Murphy served the City of Corpus Christi for thirteen years, managing internal and external Environmental Affairs, where she oversaw initiatives that promoted environmental stewardship and sustainability and was the City’s point of contact for all federal, state, and local environmental initiatives. Going back farther, she served as the Environmental Health and Safety Manager and Quality Control Chemist for a chemical manufacturer in the Coastal Bend.

Sharon is a graduate of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and MPA (Master’s in Public Administration) in Organizational Leadership from the University of Arizona. She is a 2018 graduate of the Water Environment Federation’s Water Leadership Academy, an international water and wastewater leadership training program.

Besides being involved with CBAQP, Sharon has a long history of being active in the Corpus Christi community and currently serves (or has served) on numerous boards and committees, holding leadership positions such as:

Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross - Coast Bend Chapter,

Immediate Past-President on the Board of Directors of the YWCA-Corpus Christi,

President on the Board of Directors of The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation.

Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program, and

Chairperson of the World Affairs Council, South Texas Chapter

Sharon is especially proud of participating in the YWCA’s Y-Teens program, where she encourages young girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. She is also a Host City representative and program presenter for the US Department of State’s International Visitor’s Program where she has hosted environmental and other professionals from Israel, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Africa, Romania, Ukraine, and Serbia.

On a personal note, Sharon’s husband Dr. Rich Murphy, a former missionary to Mexico and pastor to pastors, is a technical writer and has authored over 200 books. They have four adult children, Jenni, Josh, Stephanie, and Rebekah, and are overjoyed to be Mimi and Pawpaw to two granddaughters Anthem and Gemma, and grandson Ezra Jude. Sharon also serves as a minister and teacher at Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship. Sharon loves her family, her church, her job, Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend. She inspires people of all ages and backgrounds with her enthusiasm and genuine love for people as a motivational speaker, evangelist, and teacher.

Sharon is excited to serve as CBAQP’s Executive Director and looks forward to new initiatives, where the organization can help promote healthy air in the Coastal Bend, for generations to come.

Board of Directors

Sarah Garza


Port of Corpus Christi

Councilmember Zach Albrecht

Vice President

City of Portland, Texas

Kasandra Taylor



John Weber



Board Members

Darcy Schroeder

Coastal Bend Industry Association

Judge Connie Scott

Nueces County

J. David Felix, Ph.D.


Brady Fontenot

Business and Industry

Councilmember Jim Klein

City of Corpus Christi, Texas

Commissioner Sonia Lopez

San Patricio County


The CBAQP (formerly the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group) was initially established in 1995 as a task force to address a now well-known air pollutant called “ozone.” Dedicated stakeholders from local governing bodies, businesses, universities, corporations, community members, the media—and even the military—met and worked collaboratively to design and deliver effective strategies to reduce ozone levels in our area.

Since then, industry has expanded, vehicles on the road have multiplied, hundreds of neighborhoods have been built, and major construction activities are on the rise. All while the EPA has tightened the allowable ozone level three times between 1995 and 2015.

Despite these challenges, we remain within acceptable levels of ozone due to the commitment of our partnership.