Port of Oakland names Nyika Allen as Assistant Director of Aviation for Business, Strategy, and Finance

Oakland, Calif. – November 5, 2021Albuquerque Airport Director Nyika Allen is headed to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin as Assistant Director of Aviation for Business, Strategy, and Finance at Oakland International Airport.

Ms. Allen will lead the teams responsible for the airport’s revenue divisions including Properties, Ground Transportation, and Marketing.

Allen is an experienced airport executive with strong background in business development and a successful history of working in the aviation, government, and non-profit industries. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in International Management from the University of New Mexico Robert O. Anderson School of Management.

Allen became the first millennial to lead an Albuquerque city department and was the first woman to serve as Director of the Department of Aviation. Under Allen’s leadership, Albuquerque International Sunport sustained its position as a leading hub of business travel as the largest airport in New Mexico, with about 5 million passengers traveling annually.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Nyika as the newest member of the Port of Oakland Management Team.  After a highly competitive national search it was clear that she represented the best combination of what we were seeking.  This position is a critical one and it will only increase in its importance with our continued focus on enhancing the Airport’s ability to serve Bay Area residents and visitors air travel and air cargo needs. I am confident she will be a great addition to the team at OAK and look forward to her arrival.” said Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland.

“As I embark on this tremendous opportunity at the Port of Oakland, I take confidence from my experiences in Albuquerque, and carry with me the great depth of knowledge and partnerships I formed there.” Said Allen. “I look forward to working with the dynamic team at the Port of Oakland and helping shape the future of the Oakland International Airport.

Allen will be relocating to the Bay area and begins her new role at the airport on November 15th.

About Oakland International Airport 

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues.

The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact.

Updates about travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at www.oaklandairport.com.

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