Deborah Flint

Executive Director

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Deborah Flint

Deborah Flint was appointed Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015.

With oversight over three airports, Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY), Flint will be responsible for continuing the LAX Capital Development program, build on ONT’s 2014 increase in passenger traffic and continue to position VNY’s as a community partner.

Specifically, her responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles. More than $8.5-billion for capital improvement expenditures through Fiscal Year 2019 at LAX are being used to improve passenger safety, and security, while enhancing the overall guest experience at all of the airport’s terminals.

Flint comes to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible for the operation, management and business development of Oakland International Airport (OAK).

While there, she delivered the $480-milliion BART Airport Rail project after years of effort and challenges; executed strategies to stabilize and reverse passenger traffic decline in a difficult market environment; redesigned OAK’s customer experience to make the airport more competitive; and marketed, developed and negotiated numerous development and investment transactions in terminal renovation and hangar development.

Prior to serving as aviation director at the Port of Oakland, Ale Flint was the assistant aviation director and led the operation of the airport.

Other experiences include leading OAK’s Capital Program in which she coordinated the design, financing and implementation of major airport projects, as well as participated in the issuance of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue bonds. She also served as acting port executive director of the Port of Oakland (maritime). She began her career with the port in 1992 in port finance and advanced through the port’s Finance and Aviation divisions.

Flint holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from San Jose State University, and attended the Executive Leadership Institute’s Continuing Education in Public Administration program.

She was appointed in 2012 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection (aviation). She also serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, the California Airports Council, and is a regional advisor to the Airports Council International World Board.