Mayor Gloria appoints Gil Cabrera as next airport board chair
Mayor Todd Gloria on Friday named Guillermo “Gil” Cabrera as the next chairman of the board of directors of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, effective August 16.
Cabrera is currently a member of the board of directors.
Gloria also thanked the outgoing president, Johanna Schiavoni, who will remain an active member of the board in the future, for her service and achievements as head of the authority.
“Gil Cabrera has a proven track record of leadership and brings with him a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone in San Diego,” said Gloria. “Sir. Cabrera’s considerable professional experience will help guide the Airport Authority as we continue to modernize our San Diego International Airport and ensure efficient operations in the future.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Johanna Schiavoni for leading the Authority through some of the most difficult times we have experienced so far,” continued Gloria.
Cabrera practiced law in San Diego for over 20 years and served on several public and private boards and commissions. He was notably a member of the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego and of the Ethics Commission of San Diego, where he served for five years, including two as chairman.
“I am honored to have been chosen by Mayor Gloria to help guide the airport board during such an exciting time in the redevelopment of Terminal 1,” Cabrera said. “I would also like to thank President Schiavoni for her leadership and her commitment to integrate me effectively as well as each of the new members of the Board of Directors. I look forward to overseeing the Authority’s Board of Directors as we continue the conversation about modernizing San Diego’s transportation infrastructure.
Cabrera also served on the board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center, serving as president in 2017 and 2018. In addition, his experience includes the board of directors of the LGBT community center in San Diego, the board of directors of Alliance for Hope International and the Sharp Health Care System Board of Trustees.
During her tenure as chairperson of the authority, Schiavoni led the board of directors as the authority continued to move forward on the next airport development program to modernize Terminal 1. Schiavoni also appointed the Authority’s very first committee on diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Chairing the Airport Authority at an unprecedented time in aviation history has been both an honor and a challenge,” said Schiavoni. “I am proud to have led the work of the Board of Directors to protect the health and safety of passengers and airport workers while advancing a multibillion dollar investment in a new Terminal 1 and ensuring the future growth of our regional economy. ”