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James Sly Appointed to Airport Authority Board of Directors

Sly Replaces Robert Lloyd, Whose Three-Year Term Ended January 31, 2022

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) welcomes James Sly, President & CEO of East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) as the newest Airport Authority Board Member effective today. Sly was appointed by East County San Diego mayors to represent the East County on the Board for a three-year term.

“We are fortunate to have Mr. Sly join our Board,” said Airport Authority Board Chair Gil Cabrera.  “His background in economic development will be invaluable as we continue our focus on the airport’s role as a regional economic engine. The Board would also like to acknowledge Mr. Robert Lloyd for his service, leadership, and friendship during his tenure.”

“With the New Terminal 1 project, our airport is at the center of an exciting moment in the region’s ongoing transformation, and I’m eager to jump in and start contributing,” Sly said.  “I am honored and grateful that the East County mayors chose me for this great opportunity.”

“I would like to welcome Mr. Sly to the Board,” said Airport Authority President & CEO Kimberly Becker. “I look forward to working with him as the airport embarks on the largest development project in the history of the airport, the New T1. His insight will be useful as we continue to grow and provide for the transportation needs of our region.”

Sly began working at the ECEDC in 2012 after serving in multiple business consulting roles. During his tenure, he has worked to develop more than $40 million in new income through strategic partnerships, new contracts, and fundraising. A Santee resident, Sly graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in business management and administration and completed a nonprofit management development program at the Harvard Business School.

Lloyd completed his three-year term on January 31, 2022. Significant airport projects during Lloyd’s term include navigating the impacts of COVID-19, opening the Airport Support Building, and advancing the New T1 which envisions the replacement of the 54-year-old Terminal 1. Lloyd served on the Executive, Finance, Audit, and Capital Improvement Program Oversight Committees of the Board, as well as the Ground Transportation Ad Hoc Committee.

The 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. For more information about the Authority, please visit For more information about the New T1 project, visit


Owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority), San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third-busiest airport in California. SAN contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity for the region by connecting the world to San Diego and San Diego to the world. In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction on the New T1 which includes the replacement of a new Terminal 1, improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new administration building. The New T1 program’s total project budget is $3.4 billion and is estimated to create between 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. For more information about the New T1 please visit For more information about SAN please visit



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