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Port Of Oakland Appoints Ale Flint Director Of Aviation For OAK

Deborah Ale Flint has been named director of aviation for the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates Oakland International (OAK).

In her new role, she is responsible for the operation, management and business development of OAK, and provides guidance on aviation issues to Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners and staff.

“Deborah’s impressive track record during her 13 years at the port, including eight months as acting director of aviation, makes her, by far, the most qualified and highly-effective choice for this position,” says Port of Oakland Board President Victor Uno. “Additionally, her community involvement, from being a proud Oakland resident to her work on the national level within the aviation industry, gives her a unique perspective and a passion for her work.”

Ale Flint is the first woman to hold this post in the airport’s 83-year history, and the first black female airport director in the Bay area.

“I am excited and honored to be chosen as the port’s director of aviation,” she says. “This action by the board and [Port of Oakland Executive Director] Omar Benjamin represents another historical moment for Oakland International Airport. Oakland has a rich history for pioneering and innovation, from the airport’s early days with Amelia Earhart to being the country’s first LEED Silver Certified airport passenger terminal. I look forward to leading the airport team in providing a contemporary, convenient, and reliable choice for savvy passengers traveling to and from the Bay Area.”

Before being appointed acting director of aviation in August, she was assistant aviation director, as well as manager of airside operations at the airport. Her other experience includes leading OAK’s capital program.
“During these challenging times for the aviation industry, Deborah’s strong background in airport finance and major capital projects will help maintain Oakland International Airport’s position as one of the most convenient, customer service-oriented, and cost-competitive airports in the country,” says Benjamin. “She will also be leading a great team of aviation staff in meeting all of these opportunities in the days ahead.”