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The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is governed by a nine-member Board, with three additional members serving ex officio. Board members serve three-year terms and may be reappointed.

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Board Member Bios

Guillermo (“Gil”) Cabrera, Board Chair | Appointed by Mayor, City of San Diego
Email - 619.400.2408

Gil Cabrera has been an attorney in San Diego for over twenty years, starting his legal career in San Diego right out of law school. He met his wife, Krista, here in San Diego and they have two daughters.

Mr. Cabrera has been an engaged member of the San Diego community serving as a wish granter and on the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego and ultimately on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America National Board of Directors. He began his public service in the late 1990s when he co-chaired Chief David Bejarano’s San Diego Police Department Use of Force Task Force, which reviewed the department’s use of force procedures and made one hundred recommendations to improve police interaction with the public. In 2005, Mr. Cabrera was appointed to the San Diego Ethics Commission where he served for five years, two as its Chair. During his chairmanship, the Commission ushered in the largest overhaul of the City’s lobbying laws increasing transparency of lobbyist activity. Between 2013 and 2020, he served on the San Diego Convention Center board of directors, serving as Chair in 2017 and 2018. Between 2013-2018, he served on the San Diego LGBT Community Center Board of Directors. Since 2017, Mr. Cabrera has served on the Alliance for Hope International Board of Directors. Since 2018, he has served on the Sharp Healthcare Board of Directors, currently serving as its Chair.

Mr. Cabrera started practicing at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP - one of the then oldest law firms in the City. From Luce Forward, he was recruited to Cooley Godward, one of the top law firms in the country. At Cooley Godward, he specialized in securities litigation and complex business litigation. Since 2007, he has run his own law firm, The Cabrera Firm. Presently, Mr. Cabrera specializes in business and employment litigation and serves as general outside counsel to a number of local and regional businesses. He has been named one of the top attorneys in San Diego since 2012 by the San Diego Daily Transcript, San Diego Business Journal and Super Lawyers.

The Mayor of San Diego appointed Mr. Cabrera to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2024.


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, Ms. Schiavoni has nearly two decades of experience as a litigator in private and government practice, in addition to significant pro bono public interest legal work. She is Counsel to California Appellate Law Group LLP, and her law practice encompasses both state and federal appeals. She regularly represents large companies, closely-held corporations, small businesses, and individuals in high-stakes appellate matters. She is a certified specialist in appellate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization — a distinction earned by just over 300 attorneys in California.

Ms. Schiavoni has been named to the San Diego Super Lawyers list for Appellate Litigation in each of the past six years, an honor reserved for the top 5% of appellate attorneys and awarded based upon merit selection criteria in addition to review by peer attorneys. In each of 2018, 2019 and 2020, Ms. Schiavoni was named by Super Lawyers one of San Diego’s “Top 25 Women Attorneys” and among the “Top 50 Attorneys” overall in the region.

Ms. Schiavoni also has served in board leadership roles for several nonprofits, working on organizational effectiveness and strategic growth opportunities. Among her leadership experience, Ms. Schiavoni has served as the 2020 President of the San Diego County Bar Association, which serves nearly 10,000 members of the San Diego legal community. Notably, when elected as the 113th President of the Bar Association, she became only the fourteenth woman to serve in that role in the organization’s history. As President, she led the organization through its adoption of a new three-year strategic plan and guided the Bar Association during the unique challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, including closures and other effects on local court operations and impacts on public access to the courts.

In 2013-2014, Ms. Schiavoni served 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 it largest membership to date in its 42-year history and hosted former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at its annual dinner. Ms. Schiavoni also served on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Music Society from 2010-2013, as the organization undertook early strategic planning efforts to build a new performing arts facility, which opened in 2019. In 2011, Ms. Schiavoni co-founded the San Diego Leadership Alliance and co-chaired its Board until 2016; the organization is focused on training and developing progressive young professional leaders in the San Diego region.

Ms. 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.

Ms. Schiavoni is a 2002 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, and a 1998 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. Schiavoni initially was appointed to the Airport Authority Board in 2018, after being nominated by the Mayor and unanimously confirmed by the City Council. She has served on the Finance and Audit Committees, as well as on the Advisory Committee working with external stakeholders in the community and as the Airport’s representative on the Transportation Committee of the San Diego Association of Governments. She chaired the Authority Board’s Executive Personnel and Compensation Committee. She was reappointed as a member of the Board in March 2020, for a term ending January 31, 2023.

Catherine S. Blakespear | Appointed by North County Coastal Area Mayors
Email - 619.400.2408

Mayor Catherine S. Blakespear was re-elected to her second term as Mayor of the City of Encinitas with 83 percent of the vote in November, 2018.

Mayor Blakespear was first elected to serve on the Encinitas City Council in 2014, and became the City of Encinitas' second directly elected mayor in 2016.

In addition to the Airport Authority Board, she serves on a number of outside boards, including those of regional water and waste water districts. In 2020, she was chosen by her elected peers on the county's largest regional transportation agency, SANDAG, to serve in leadership as Chair.

Mayor Blakespear has been a practicing attorney since 2006 and before law school worked as a journalism reporter.

Mayor Blakespear grew up in Encinitas, moved away for college and career reasons, and returned to Encinitas with her husband and two children in 2009.

Graduating from Torrey Pines High School in 1994, she played varsity basketball for four years, earning the MVP award for her last three years. She attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a bachelors' and masters' degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. For her first professional job, she was hired as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times' in the Ventura County bureau. Her beat was transportation, which sparked an interest in urban planning that still inspires her today.

Before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mayor Blakespear became a staff reporter with the Associated Press and moved to Utah to work in the AP's Salt Lake City bureau.

After five years in journalism, Mayor Blakespear attended law school and earned a law degree at University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduating in 2006. She served as editor-in-chief of one of the law school's three law journals and subsequently clerked for an appellate judge on the Utah Court of Appeals before joining a law firm as an associate attorney.

Mayor Blakespear, her husband Jeremy and their two children moved back to her hometown of Encinitas in 2009, where she co-founded her own estate planning law firm. Catherine maintains an active California law license but spends the majority of her professional time serving as mayor.

Mayor Blakespear is passionate about our American democracy and all elements of the governmental structure that support equality, liberty, freedom, and happiness that Americans enjoy. She also loves to garden and pick fruit, run and play with her family on the beach and in the ocean, follow politics and policy issues, watch musicals and live theatre, read and mountain bike with her husband.

The mayors of the North County coastal cities appointed Mayor Blakespear to the Airport Authority Board in January 2020. She will serve a term ending January 31, 2023.

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James Sly | Appointed by East County Area Mayors
Email - 619.400.2408

James Sly is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the East County Economic Development Council (EDC). Sly is responsible for defining and implementing the East County EDC’s ambitious project portfolio, which cuts across education, industry, workforce, and government. Additionally, Sly leads many of the organization’s strategic partnership and business development efforts, working to make the EDC a locus of economic activity in San Diego.

Sly joined the East County EDC in 2012, initially as a Program Manager tasked with helping the Department of Defense (DoD) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) fine-tune their procurement systems to make government solicitations more attractive to American manufacturers. After leading the development of a new supply chain software solution, he expanded his attention to include the EDC’s other flagship projects: the East County Small Business Development Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline, and the “Connectory” SAAS platform.

Prior to joining the East County EDC, Sly worked as a management consultant, servicing startup and mid-size businesses throughout San Diego’s private sector, and as a sought-after workforce expert for the One-Stop Career Center Network and San Diego’s CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work and Refugee Resettlement programs. He has been able to leverage this multifaceted skillset to the EDC’s benefit, coordinating resources from across the spectrum to drive the organization’s mission and support stakeholders throughout East County and the larger San Diego region.

Sly was born and raised in San Diego, California. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Diego State University, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of California, San Diego, and leadership certifications from the San Diego Public Leadership Institute and Harvard Business School.

The mayors of the east county cities appointed Mr. Sly to the Board for a new term ending on January 31, 2025.

Paul "Mac" McNamara | Appointed by North County Inland Mayors
Email - 619.400.2408

Paul "Mac" NcNamara is the Mayor of the City of Escondido as well as the Executive Director of the MCRD Museum Foundation. Previously, he was the General Manager for a SDVOSB for profit LLC that specialized in Analysis, and Technical and Engineering services. Prior to this position, he held corporate leadership roles that related to Information Systems. He was the Chief Operating Officer for Shee Atika Technologies, an Engineering, and Technical Services Native Alaskan owned LLC. Of note in this role he led strategic analysis teams in a variety of projects for Marine Corps System Command in Information Architecture design, and hardware and software procurement. Previously, he was the VP and COO of Technology Intelligence International, an Information Architecture Design and Development company. While there he authored the Marine Corps' initial overarching Command and Control vision as well as transformational IT efforts for the United States Navy. Prior to serving in this position, Paul was a Program Manager for JAYCOR Defense Systems Division, Titan Corporation. In this responsibility, he served as the Chief Technical Advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and was responsible for assisting the Marine Corps in its technology transition, and in developing its Information Technology strategy and implementation. Additionally, he served as an advisor to the Program Manager for the development of the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) effort.

Prior to his industry career, Mayor McNamara transitioned to the private sector as a Colonel after almost 28 years in the United States Marine Corps. During his Marine Corps service, Mayor McNamara served as an infantry officer in the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions as a platoon and company commander as well as a Battalion Staff Officer. After serving on recruiting duty in Boston, he attended flight school and served in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings. He was a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) and in addition to squadron staff tours, he commanded both a Marine Helicopter Squadron and Marine Aircraft Group. He also served on diplomatic duty in Mexico City, Mexico, and on the G-3 staff at MARFORPAC. He served as the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Chief of Staff, and the Chief of Staff for the First Marine Expeditionary Force. In that role he led the staff in the planning and execution of immediate post 9/11 Marine Corps operational activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for these efforts.

Mayor McNamara is a member and volunteer of numerous community organizations which include the Executive Boards of the Escondido Rotary Club (Pres FY 18-19.) He also served on the Executive Board of the Escondido Charitable Foundation, and the Executive Board of Girls Incorporated of San Diego. He is a lifetime member of several organizations to include the Marine Corps Association, the Marine Corps Aviation Association, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the MCRD Museum Foundation. Also, he is currently serving as an elected trustee of the Palomar Community College Governing Board and is currently the Board president. He has four daughters - three grown and a seven-year-old at home. He is married to Dr. Bo Peng of Shenyang, China.

The mayors of the North County Inland cities reappointed Mayor McNamara to the Board for a second term ending January 31, 2024.

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, 2023.

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Mary Casillas Salas | Appointed by South County Cities Mayors
Email - 619.400.2408

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas was elected to Mayor of Chula Vista in 2014 becoming the first elected Latina mayor in Chula Vista and the County of San Diego.

Mayor Casillas Salas is committed to public safety, effective stewardship of public funds and careful planning that leads to superior sustainability of community resources. Serving her hometown has always been Mayor Casillas Salas' passion. Her effective leadership and consensus-building skills are her strength. She led efforts to secure funding for new urban parks, formed strategic partnerships with various government agencies to ensure completion of Olympic Parkway and other major traffic thoroughfares, played a key role in the planning of the award-winning communities of Eastlake, Otay Ranch, and San Miguel.

In 1991, she began her public service on the Chula Vista Civil Service Commission. She was appointed to the City’s Planning Commission in 1993 where she served until elected to the Chula Vista City Council in 1996. In 2000, she was re-elected with 66 percent of the vote. After leaving the Council in 2004, she served as a Director of the Sweetwater Authority/South Bay Irrigation District. In 2006, she was elected to the California State Assembly where she chaired the Committee on Veteran's Affairs. She also served on the Jobs, Economic Development and Economy Committee, the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and the Health Committee. Beginning in 2012, she served as City Councilmember before her election as Mayor of Chula Vista.

During her tenure as Mayor, Chula Vista has received national and international recognition for its greenhouse gas reduction efforts, smart cities initiatives, and actions to ensure sustainable development.  Mayor Casillas Salas led the campaign to adopt Measure P to rebuild the city’s aging infrastructure and advanced the development of the Bayfront in partnership with Port of San Diego with a signed "Letter of Intent" with RIDA Development.  She continues to guide major projects, including the development of a four-year university and the revitalization of western Chula Vista.

Born and raised in Chula Vista, Mary Casillas Salas' South Bay roots run five generations deep. She has dedicated her career and life's work to family and to the community she loves. Mayor Casillas Salas has two daughters Michele and Sara and is the proud grandmother to Michael, Adriana, and Marissa. Mayor Casillas Salas is a product of local schools, graduating with honors from San Diego State University.

The mayors of the South County cities appointed Mayor Casillas Salas for a term ending on January 31, 2024.

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Nora Vargas | Appointed by the Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Email - 619.400.2408

On November 3, 2020, Supervisor Nora Vargas was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, representing District 1. Supervisor Vargas was sworn in on January 4, 2021, and elected Vice-Chairwoman of the Board. 

Supervisor Vargas’ priorities include mitigating the impacts of the pandemic and focusing on economic recovery, while ensuring equity and inclusivity. 

Prior to her election to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Vargas was as an elected member and President of the Southwestern College Governing Board, the only public institution of higher education within San Diego’s South County. Supervisor Vargas served on the Board of Southwestern since her appointment in 2013 and was elected twice to the position. 

Supervisor Vargas also served as the Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, where she worked to increase access to safe, quality healthcare, and education for women and families across California. 

In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to serve on the 12-member California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) making her the first Latina to be appointed in the board's history. In that capacity, Supervisor Vargas was charged with securing the financial future of California's educators, providing retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s educators and their families. CalSTRS is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world and the second largest pension fund in the United States. 

For the last 25 years, Supervisor Vargas has worked to drive positive change and serve her community through public service. She is committed to ensuring that marginalized voices are included in the public dialogue regarding important issues such as health access, energy, technology, consumer protection, the environment, civic engagement, pensions and education. 

Supervisor Vargas is proud to serve the more than 630,000 residents of District 1 which encompasses the incorporated cities of Coronado, Imperial, Beach, Chula Vista, National City and communities within the City of San Diego, including Barrio Logan, Chollas View, Grant Hill, La Playa, Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Memorial, Mount Hope, Mountain View, Nestor, Otay, Palm City, Point Loma, San Ysidro, Shelltown, Sherman Heights, Southcrest, Stockton, Sunset Cliffs and part of Downtown San Diego. The district also includes the unincorporated communities of Bonita, Sunny-side, Lincoln Acres and East Otay Mesa.

The Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors appointed Supervisor Vargas to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2025.

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Marni von Wilpert | Appointed by Mayor, City of San Diego
Email - 619.400.2408

Councilmember Marni von Wilpert represents District 5 on the San Diego City Council and was previously a San Diego Deputy City Attorney. She is proud to serve as Chair of the Committee on Active Transportation and Infrastructure, Vice Chair of the Committee on Environment, member of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods, and member of the Committee on Rules. Councilmember von Wilpert was also appointed to the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Board, the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space JPA, and the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. 

Councilmember von Wilpert now lives in Scripps Ranch, just miles from her childhood home. She received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and served in the Peace Corps in Botswana, Africa where she helped improve access to healthcare and worked on treatment, prevention, and care for children and adults living with HIV/AIDS. 

After returning from Botswana, she obtained her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2011 and was awarded the Skadden Fellowship for Public Interest law, where she worked with the Mississippi Center for Justice to create the first HIV/AIDS civil rights law practice in the state. She provided free legal services to people facing discrimination based on race, HIV-status, and LGBTQ identity. 

Councilmember von Wilpert served as a Law Clerk from 2013 to 2014 for Hon. James E. Graves, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, and worked as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law teaching legal writing, research and analysis. From 2014 to 2017, she was a litigator in the National Labor Relations Board’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch, where she represented the federal agency in the United States Courts of Appeals. During 2016, she served as an attorney in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Robert C. Scott, drafting national legislation to promote workers’ rights on the job. Councilmember von Wilpert then served as an Associate Labor Counsel for the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., drafting state legislation and regulations affecting workers’ rights, wages and working conditions. 

After she was admitted to the California Bar, Councilmember von Wilpert became a Deputy City Attorney in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit of the San Diego City Attorney's Office. She represented the City and people of the State of California in court, enforcing laws that protect consumers, employees, and the environment. She initiated legal action to protect public health and safety, restore environmental quality, and sustain economic vitality in San Diego. 

Councilmember von Wilpert will continue serving on the boards of several community organizations, including San Diego Youth Services, Teen Health Mississippi, and the National Women’s Political caucus.

The Mayor of San Diego appointed Councilmember von Wilpert to the Board for a term ending on January 31, 2025.

Col. Thomas M. Bedell, Ex-Officio Member

Colonel Thomas M. Bedell graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1993 with degrees in English Literature and Sociology, and from the University of Manchester, UK in 1994 with a Master’s in Economic and Social Studies. He then spent two years fighting forest fires with the US Forest Service.

Colonel Bedell completed The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in 1997, primary flight training in 1998, jet training in 1999, and AV8B training in 2001. From 2002 to 2005 Colonel Bedell served with VMA-214 “The World Famous Blacksheep” as Logistics Officer, Powerline Officer, and Airframes Officer. He deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait in 2003 in support of Iraqi Freedom, and to Al Asad, Iraq in 2004 as part of the 11th MEU. After attending the Expeditionary Warfare School he joined VMA-211 “The Wake Island Avengers” from 2006 to 2009 where he served as Quality Assurance Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Maintenance Officer. He deployed with the Avengers to Iraq in 2006, and to Japan in 2009 as part of the 31st MEU.

From 2009 to 2011 Colonel Bedell served as Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commandant for Aviation and as Harrier Requirements Officer. He then attended the Naval War College earning an M.A. in National Strategic Studies. He then completed a Joint tour serving as the Operations Officer for the United States Special Operations Command Wargame Center from 2012-2014.

Colonel Bedell commanded VMR-1, “The Roadrunners”, from 2014 to 2016 followed by a year as the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Current Operations Officer. He attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a CMC Fellow, earning a Master’s of International Public Policy. He was then assigned to Marine Forces Korea where he served as the Liaison to the 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base, South Korea. He previously served as the Director of the CMC Safety Division before taking command of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Colonel Bedell has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 14, Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

Gustavo Dallarda, Ex-Officio Member

Gustavo Dallarda was appointed Caltrans District 11 Director, in June 2020 overseeing the daily operations of over 1,200 employees and 4,200 lane-miles throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.

Mr. Dillarda has a civil service career that spans nearly three decades, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and delivered multi-modal projects for District 11.

Mr. Dillarda served as Chief Deputy District Director for two years with executive-level responsibility for the Operations and Maintenance programs, and a portion of the Capital program. Since September 2019, he acted as the District 11 Director.

For over ten years, Mr. Dillarda served as Corridor Director for both the I-15 and I-805 corridors in San Diego. As Corridor Director, he worked closely with transportation partners and local communities to deliver the innovative $1.4 billion I-15 Express Lanes Project, the I-805 HOV Lanes Project, three new bus rapid transit lines, and active transportation facilities by using traditional delivery methods, design-sequencing, and design-build.

Early in his career, Mr. Dillarda was the Project Manager assigned to Imperial Valley and delivered goods movement projects like the SR-111 Expressway Project and the environmental document for the Brawley Bypass project.

Mr. Dillarda earned a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.

Gayle Miller, Ex-Officio Member

Gayle Miller serves as the chief deputy of policy at the California Department of Finance. Ms. Miller has been senior policy advisor for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration since 2018. She was deputy controller, and director of policy in the Office of the State Controller from 2017 to 2018. She served as a principal consultant in the Office of the California State Senate President pro Tempore from 2016 to 2018. She held several positions in the California State Senate, including consultant in the Office of Research from 2014 to 2016, staff director for the Governance and Finance Committee from 2006 to 2014 and principal consultant at the Revenue and Taxation Committee from 2001 to 2005. She was director of government affairs at Anthem Blue Cross from 2005 to 2006, legislative director in the Office of Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal from 1999 to 2001 and legislative aid and Assembly fellow in the Office of Assemblymember Tom Torlakson from 1997 to 1999.

Ms. Miller earned a Master of Business Administration degree in strategy and communications from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration degree in economics and finance from Columbia University.

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.