Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland
Bryant L. Francis became Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland on March 31, 2016. He leads a staff of 250 people responsible for the management and operation of Oakland International Airport. The airport is the second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the busiest in air cargo. Mr. Francis, originally from Harrisburg, PA, is a 21-year veteran in the field of Aviation Management. Before joining the Port of Oakland, he was Director of Long Beach Airport in Southern California. Prior to that, he was Director of Airports for the Shreveport Airport Authority in Shreveport, LA. He also served in executive capacities at airports in Boise, Detroit and Palm Springs, and began his career in Atlanta. Mr. Francis is a member of the Airports Council International - North America Board of Directors and completed a three-year term as Chair of the American Association of Airport Executives Diversity Committee in May 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.