Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach, CA – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) recently honored Long Beach Airport (LGB) Director Cynthia Guidry during the national organization's 12th annual “Women Who Move the Nation” award ceremony on March 15 in Washington, D.C.
“Cynthia Guidry is a recognized leader in the aviation industry, and this much-deserved award underscores how lucky we are to have her captaining operations at Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Rex Richardson.
Since being named Long Beach Airport Director in 2019, Guidry has expertly led LGB through challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and overseen several major developments as part of LGB’s ongoing $110 million multi-year, Phase II – Terminal Area Improvement Program to make strategic pre-security enhancements to the Airport. Under her leadership, LGB was named one of the Top 10 in the country last year by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Guidry was one of 10 women celebrated at the COMTO event for making outstanding contributions to the transportation industry. She was presented with the award at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, where the event included opening remarks by Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
“It is our privilege to honor, elevate and celebrate outstanding women working to advance the transportation industry,” said April Rai, COMTO President & CEO. “The work of these honorees positively impacts the lives of millions and moves the mission of COMTO forward.”
Past COMTO honorees include former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, and COTA Board Trustee and Ohio State Associate Vice President for Local and Community Relations Trudy Bartley.
"I am incredibly grateful to be recognized by COMTO for my leadership at Long Beach Airport, which has a nearly 100-year legacy in the aviation industry,” Guidry said. “This is really a reflection of the incredible team of people we have at LGB who do great work every day to make our award-winning Airport one of the best in the country."
Prior to her role at LGB, Guidry spent more than 25 years in local government leadership positions, including 14 years in airport management, previously serving as Deputy Executive Director for the City of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). A professionally licensed engineer, her background includes civil engineering and project management. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Irvine.
For more information on COMTO's Women Who Move the Nation award, visit COMTO.org. For details about LGB, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and offers nonstop service to 24 destinations across the nation, visit lgb.org.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.
About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the oldest airport in California. Among its many awards, LGB was named one of the 2022 Top Ten airports in the country by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with more than 300,000 annual operations. The Airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, with the LGB Aviation Complex generating $8.6 billion in economic impact and supporting 46,000 jobs. LGB is a self-supporting enterprise of the City of Long Beach and does not receive local tax dollars. The Airport prides itself in preserving its esteemed historic legacy and maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LGBAirport.