Staff of the CAC provide legislative, advocacy and association management services to the Council. Key responsibilities include communications with policymakers on the State and Federal level, publication production, committee oversight, and collaboration with industry partners on aviation issues and events.
As Executive Director of the California Airports Council (CAC), Mr. Lites brings over 20 years of governmental relations and association management experience. He has a strong reputation in the Sacramento legislative community for policy expertise, professionalism, integrity and successful outcomes. Mr. Lites served nine years in the State Legislature working primarily in the areas of tax policy, economic development, higher education and international trade. As legislative advocate and association management professional, Mr. Lites is active in various policy arenas including infrastructure financing and development, local government, goods movement, telecommunications, public pension systems, rail transportation, homeland security and mortgage insurance.
Ms. Johnson began her career at the lobbying and association management firm of Schott & Lites Advocates as an aviation policy analyst in 2013. Since joining California Strategies in 2015, she continues to assist with management of the California Airports Council, an association of the 33 commercial service airports in the state of California. Ms. Johnson has coordinated committees and working groups overseeing legislation, environmental issues, information technology, and human resources. In addition, Ms. Johnson has been directly involved with issues relating to transportation network companies, aviation fuel taxes, airport infrastructure, aviation grants, environmental sustainability and FAA Reauthorization. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautical Studies concentrating in Air Traffic Control at Kent State University, Ohio’s only FAA approved Air Traffic–Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) University in 2013.
Ms. Lina Bernal has more than 10 years of association management and advocacy experience. Ms. Bernal’s primary responsibilities include the management of all the organizational duties and procedures for the CAC, including: meeting planning and all associated logistics and state regulatory reporting and compliance requirements. Ms. Bernal also oversees all of the legislative monitoring functions, including review of committee hearings and agendas and legislative bill monitoring. Ms. Bernal began her career in marketing, working for Legi-Tech, a subscription electronic legislative tracking service, and Retail Technology Inc., a retail software developer, and also served as an Account Administrator for California Advocates Management Services. She is a native Californian, and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications