The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is governed by a nine-member Board, with three additional members serving ex officio. Board members serve 3-year terms and may be reappointed.
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Board Member Bios (in alphabetical order)
C. April Boling, Board Chair | Appointed by Mayor, City of San Diego
Email - 619.400.2408
April Boling has a long record of public service and her expertise on budget matters has led to appointments to numerous boards and committees.
She was a member of San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy's Blue Ribbon Finance Committee in 2002, which identified pensions and infrastructure as the key issues facing the City. She then chaired the city's Pension Reform committee, which spearheaded major changes to the management of the city's pension system.
She is a former board chair of the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
Ms. Boling began her career as a Supervisory Budget Analyst for the Department of the Navy, where she was responsible for internal budgeting and external negotiations. She developed and presented a seminar on the federal budget process as it relates to Naval Aviation. In 1985, Ms. Boling was hired by the San Diego office of Price Waterhouse as a tax manager for clients in the real estate development and emerging technology industries. She started her own private accounting practice in 1989. She has bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of San Diego.
In addition to her civic work, Ms. Boling also has helped lead a number of civic and charitable organizations, including the Patrick Henry High School Foundation, the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee and Orphan Kids Inc., a social service organization that provided food and school supplies to children in Baja California. The Mayor of San Diego appointed Ms. Boling to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2021.
Paul Robinson, Vice Chair | Appointed by the Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Email - 619.400.2408
Since 1982, Mr. Robinson has served as partner for the San Diego law firm of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley, where he was also an associate from 1980 to 1982. Previously, Robinson was assistant to San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson from 1978 to 1980 and was deputy city attorney for San Diego from 1973 to 1978. He is a member of the Real Property and Public Law Sections of the California State Bar and of the Real Estate and Land Use Sections of the San Diego County Bar Association.
Mr. Robinson is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Partners for Livable Places/San Diego, the Mission Bay Park Committee (Chair) and the City of San Diego's Parking Advisory Board. He is active in the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Downtown Partnership. The Governor of California appointed Mr. Robinson to the Airport Authority Board for a term ending June 2011. He was reappointed by the Chair of the San Diego Board of Supervisors. His term expires on January 31, 2020.
Greg Cox | Appointed by San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Email - 619.400.2408
Greg Cox joined the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 1995. He began his public service career as an educator in the Sweetwater Union High School District. He was elected to the Chula Vista City Council and later served two terms as Mayor of Chula Vista. The Governor of California appointed him Director of Local Government for the Office of Planning and Research from 1991 – 92. Mr. Cox also built successful businesses in the private sector.
Mr. Cox is the only elected official in California to have been elected by his peers to serve as both the President of the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities. Mr. Cox has also been acknowledged as "Legislator of the Year" by a number of state and local organizations throughout his career, and was recently appointed by California Assembly Speaker to the California Coastal Commission. The Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors appointed Supervisor Cox to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2019.
Jim Desmond | Appointed by North Inland Area Mayors
Email - 619.400.2408
A thirty three-year resident of San Diego County and twenty four-year resident of San Marcos, CA, Mr. Desmond was elected Mayor of San Marcos in November 2006, 2010 and 2014.
He is a Navy veteran with a degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.
Concurrently with being a Mayor, Mr. Desmond since 1986, is a pilot for Delta Airlines as a Captain on Boeing 757s and 767s flying both domestic and international routes.
Mayor Desmond actively serves as a director on the SANDAG Board, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Board, the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scouts of America Board, and since 2007 the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Board. He is appointed to the Airport Board by the North County Inland Mayors and his term expires on January 31, 2021.
Mark Kersey | Appointed by Mayor, City of San Diego
Email - 619.400.2408
Councilmember Mark Kersey represents the City of San Diego's Fifth District. He was elected on a platform of rebuilding San Diego's infrastructure, modernizing government and keeping San Diego's economy competitive. He is currently serving his second four-year term, and has also been confirmed as the Council President Pro Tem.
As Chair of the Council's Infrastructure Committee, he orchestrated the development of San Diego's first comprehensive Multi-Year Infrastructure Investment Plan. He is also the author of the Rebuild San Diego measure which was approved by voters in June 2016. Mr. Kersey is also focused on utilizing technology to empower residents and streamline government. He introduced the City's first Open Data Initiative, which will make large quantities of City data available to the public. He led the Get It Done mobile app effort which gives San Diegans a single service point to report potholes, streetlight outages, graffiti and more.
In addition to the Airport Authority, Mr. Kersey sits on the board for the California League of Cities and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
An alumnus of Northwestern University and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, Mr. Kersey is the founder and owner of Kersey Strategies, a technological research firm specializing in the telecommunications and high-tech industries. Councilmember Kersey was appointed to the Board by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and confirmed by the City Council in 2016 for a term ending January 31, 2019.
Robert T Lloyd | Appointed by East County Area Mayors
Email - 619.400.2408
Robert Lloyd is the President/CEO of Lloyd's Collision Center. During his 35-year tenure, Mr. Lloyd has overseen the operations, finance, and strategic planning of both the Santee and Lakeside locations. Lloyd's Collision Center has also obtained business of the year awards in the automotive industry.
Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mr. Lloyd relocated to the San Diego area in 1976. As a young journeyman, Mr. Lloyd obtained positions in the collision industry from 1976 to 1984 as a paint and body tech and also worked at the management level. He opened his own business in 1984.
Mr. Lloyd served as the Chairman of the Board of the Santee Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and held a Director's position from 2010 to 2017. Currently, Mr. Lloyd serves on the Board of Directors of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Lloyd is also active in the Santee/Lakeside communities. A signature event created by Mr. Lloyd is the Santee Chamber Black Tie Gala, which takes place annually at Gillespie Field.
Mr. Lloyd is actively involved with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, May Ride for the military, and the Ronald McDonald House, to name a few. Believing in giving back to the community, Mr. Lloyd involves his business and the entire family in volunteer activities where needed.
The mayors of the east county cities appointed Mr. Lloyd to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2019.
Johanna Schiavoni | Appointed by Mayor, City of San Diego
Email - 619.400.2408
Johanna Schiavoni is a San Diego-based appellate attorney with extensive experience serving on nonprofit and civic boards.
As an attorney, Schiavoni has 15 years of experience as a litigator in private and government practice, in addition to significant pro bono public interest legal work. Her legal practice encompasses both state and federal appeals in civil and criminal matters, including strategic counseling ahead of potential appeals. She is a certified specialist in appellate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization — a distinction earned by fewer than 300 attorneys in California.
Schiavoni also has served in board leadership roles for several nonprofits, working on organizational effectiveness and strategic growth opportunities. Among her nonprofit leadership experience, Schiavoni served from 2013-2014 as President of Lawyers Club of San Diego, a legal association with the mission to “advance the status of women in the law and in society.” Under her leadership, the organization grew to 1200+ members, its largest to date in its 42-year history. In 2011, Schiavoni co-founded the San Diego Leadership Alliance, which organization is entering its 10th year and is focused on training and developing progressive young professional leaders in the San Diego region.
Additionally, in 2016, Schiavoni was elected to a three-year term on the County Bar’s Board of Directors and served as its Treasurer in 2017. She served on the founding task force and as inaugural chair of the Bar’s Public Positions Advisory Group, which issues public statements and positions to educate the legal community and public on law-related issues.
Schiavoni was appointed by San Diego’s mayor to an at-large position on the City’s Balboa Park Committee, which addresses issues relating to the acquisition, development, maintenance and operation of San Diego’s crown jewel — Balboa Park. She has served in that role since 2013.
Schiavoni is a 2002 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, and a 1998 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She was appointed to the Airport Authority Board by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and unanimously confirmed by the City Council in 2018, for a term ending January 31, 2020.
Michael Schumacher | Appointed by North County Coastal Area Mayors
Michael Schumacher serves on the Carlsbad City Council and on several regional and local committees, including the SANDAG Board of Directors, Encina Wastewater Board of Directors, as well as the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Schumacher previously served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Carlsbad and is past Chairman. He also served on the Design Review Board for Carlsbad's redevelopment district and as Vice President of the Board of Directors of New Village Arts Theatre. He has been active in various professional associations such as Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) as well as community organizations such as Bread of Life, Rotary, Junior Achievement and the YMCA.
He is founder and President of Enact Partners, a real estate investment firm that works with both public and private companies. His clients range from individual investors and family trusts to large publicly-traded institutions.
Previously, Mr. Schumacher served as Vice President of Commercial Development for Kilroy Realty Corporation (NASDAQ: KRC), a publicly-traded REIT. He has helped develop strategies and direction for numerous private real estate development and investment companies throughout the United States; also assisting as an expert witness on commercial real estate matters.
Mr. Schumacher earned a Master's of Science in Administration with an emphasis on tax increment financing from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University. He holds a California real estate broker's license as well as a Private Pilot's license.
North County coastal mayors met on January 10, 2017 and unanimously selected Mr. Schumacher to represent North County coastal cities on the Airport Authority Board for a term ending January 31, 2020.
He lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife and two children.
Mark B. West | Appointed by South County Area Mayors
Mark West was elected to the Imperial Beach City Council in December 2016. His primary goal is improving the quality of life for all residents by ensuring that Imperial Beach remains the Best of the Best of Southern California. Mark’s community involvement previously included membership on the International Boundary and Water Commission, the Imperial Beach Redevelopment Successor Agency and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee. Currently Mark serves on the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, South County Economic Development Council, San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) Bayshore Bikeway Committee and is the alternate on the SANDAG Executive Committee.
Mark hails from Denver, Colorado. Upon graduation from high school in 1986, Mark enlisted in the United States Navy. In 1996, Mark was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1998.
Upon commissioning, Mark served on multiple warships prior to his early selection for command at sea. Ultimately, he decided to retire in 2011 after a successful twenty-four-year career.
Following retirement, Mark enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver and completed a Master in Public Administration. During that time Mark worked on coastal pollution issues in Imperial Beach and in Mexico while serving as the Program Leader for the No Border Sewage Committee for Surfrider San Diego. In 2014, Mark was selected to be the Chair of the San Diego chapter of Surfrider, leading the largest and most active chapter in the world.
Mark has two adult children and he and his wife Megan currently have two-four legged children, Chloe and Nani. In addition to daily surfing, he enjoys walking the trails of the Tijuana estuary, working in his garden, traveling the world, eating good food, biking, and reading an occasional book.
The Mayors of the South County Cities appointed Mr. West to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2021
Jacqueline Wong-Hernandez, Ex-Officio Member
Jacqueline Wong-Hernandez serves as Chief Deputy Director of Policy at the California Department of Finance. In this capacity, Ms. Wong-Hernandez represents the department on more than 100 boards and commissions.
Ms. Wong-Hernandez was most recently the Director of Legislation for the California Department of Finance. In this capacity, she advised the Director and the Governor's Office in the planning, implementation, administration and evaluation of fiscal and legislative issues affecting the budgetary process and the state's fiscal condition.
She was also a principal consultant to the Senate Appropriations Committee, working on K-12 and higher education issues. From 2008 to 2010, she worked on public safety, judiciary, and human services issues. Ms. Wong-Hernandez was a 2007-08 Senate Fellow in the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. Prior to working in the Legislature, she worked in non-profit organizations focused on improving public education.
Ms. Wong-Hernandez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Pomona College.
Kimberly J. Becker | President/CEO
Kimberly J. Becker was appointed President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority on May 1, 2017. She brings with her nearly 30 years of experience in the aviation industry.
As President/CEO, Ms. Becker is responsible for management oversight of the Airport Authority and San Diego International Airport (SAN). This includes the Airport Authority’s annual operating budget and five-year capital budget. According to the most recent economic impact study, SAN
generates $11.9 billion annually in economic impact for the region.
Ms. Becker served as Director of Aviation for Mineta San Jose International Airport from 2013-2017, and held increasingly responsible positions at that airport since 1995, including Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director of Aviation. Her career in aviation and airport management also has included operations and environmental positions at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, Calif., and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Ms. Becker currently serves on the Boards of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and the San Diego Tourism Authority.
Ms. Becker has served as President of the California Airports Council representing 33 commercial service airports across the state and previously served on the Board of Directors for the SW Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Joint Venture Silicon Valley and on the Advisory Board for San Jose State University’s Aviation Program.
Ms. Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration/aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.