Lysa Leiponis, CEO and Principal, LL Aviation Advisors, LLC is a forward-thinking Board Member and Aviation Industry Leader who provides valued counsel to airport leaders, investors, airlines, and other industry stakeholders. With over 37 years of notable transportation industry experience, her advisory services cover all aspects of airport leadership and airport development. Lysa is an Independent Board Director for JFK New Terminal One LLC, an independent Board Director for Sky Harbour Group (SKYH: NYSE), a Board Trustee of Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology, and a member of the Critical Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Board of Parsons Corporation. In her Board roles, Lysa is laser focused on ensuring that airport infrastructure exceeds the expectations of customers and provides a world-class travel experience. Prior to starting her own advisory firm, Lysa had a distinguished 33-year career at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As the former CEO/Airport General Manager of LaGuardia Airport, she is a proven industry champion of world-class airport transformation. Her inclusive leadership style galvanized both airport staff and airport stakeholders in the delivery of a record-setting capital investment program while ensuring safe operations for 1,200 daily flights. Under her leadership, airport passenger volumes grew to record levels, investment reached historic highs, and regulatory compliance remained flawless. Lysa has been recognized for leading the airport through its transformative $9 billion redevelopment program and as a founding partner in the largest Public Private Partnership in airport infrastructure history. In addition to her role at LaGuardia, Lysa spent more than ten years as a senior executive in aviation headquarters, leading exceptional teams to imagine and build programs for customer excellence, landside and parking, concessions, and strategy for the Port Authority’s five airport system. She also served as Corporate Secretary for The Port Authority, an elected officer of the Agency. Her years preceding Aviation at The Port Authority were rooted in increasing levels of responsibility within the financial departments. Lysa holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University – Lubin School of Business, a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University, and is an Airport Certified Employee in Operations and Security through the American Association of Airport Executives.
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