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The officers of the California Airports Council comprise the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is charged with the initial review and consideration of public policy matters along with the organizational functions. Together, the Directors of the Executive Committee formulate recommendations to the full
Board of Directors for consideration.



Ms. Courtney Johnson, CM, CAE, was appointed the Director of the San Luis Obispo County Airports (SBP) in October 2020. Prior to that, she served as SBP's Deputy Director of Finance and Administration for almost two years, also overseeing marketing and air service development. Before joining San Luis Obispo County Airports, Ms. Johnson was the Manager of Finance and Administration for six years at Minter Field Airport District. In addition to being an officer of the California Airports Council, Ms. Johnson is currently the 2nd Vice President for the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. She also serves on multiple committees and advisory councils throughout the industry.  Ms. Johnson holds a Bacher of Science Degree in Economics from California State University, Bakersfield.

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Vice President

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Ms. Nichol brings more than 30 years of aviation business experience to Sacramento. Since 2012, she has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Port of Portland in Oregon, working on a team that manages three airports, port terminals, an industrial park and a dredge. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2012, she was finance director for San Francisco International Airport. She worked earlier at the Massachusetts Port Authority and for private airport consultants. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, a master’s degree in African Studies from the University of London and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.




Ms. Cynthia Guidry was named the City’s Director of the Long Beach Airport (LGB) in 2019. Ms. Guidry brings over 26 years of local government experience in various leadership positions. Ms. Guidry has served as the Deputy Executive Director for the City of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the governing body for LAX and Van Nuys Airports. There, she oversaw more than 400 employees in the LAWA Planning and Development Group. She also has managed employees in the LAWA Planning, Environmental, Engineering, and Facility Management Divisions. Previously, she held positions as Chief of Planning and Civil Engineering at LAWA and she began her engineering career in the Department of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Guidry holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Immediate Past Chair

Bryant L. Francis became Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland on March 31, 2016. He leads a staff of more than 200 people responsible for the management of Oakland International Airport. The airport is the second-busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area and No.1 in air cargo. Aviation is one of three principal business lines at the Port of Oakland along with Commercial Real Estate and Maritime. Mr. Francis is a 20-year veteran in aviation management. Before joining the Port of Oakland, he was the Airport Director in Long Beach, CA. He was previously Director of Airports in Shreveport, LA. He also served in executive capacities at airports in Boise, Detroit and Palm Springs, and began his career in Atlanta. Mr. Francis is a member of the Airports Council International - North America Board of Directors and is also the American Association of Airport Executives Diversity Committee Chair. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fl.  Mr. Francis is a member of the Port of Oakland senior management team.

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