Sarah Johnson provides California Strategies unique insight into the aviation industry incorporating state policy and federal regulations. With an extensive education in aviation, Ms. Johnson monitors and lobbies aviation-related issues on both the State and Federal levels while also assisting with association management for clients.
Ms. Johnson has been directly involved with issues relating to transportation network companies, aviation fuel taxes, airport infrastructure, aviation grants, environmental sustainability, aircraft operating procedures, and Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization.
Ms. Johnson began her career at the lobbying and association management firm of Schott & Lites Advocates as an aviation policy analyst in 2013. Since joining California Strategies in 2015, she continues to assist with management of the California Airports Council (CAC) as Deputy Director. The CAC is an association of the 33 commercial service airports in the state of California. Ms. Johnson coordinates committees overseeing legislation, environmental issues, information technology, landside management, and human resources. In addition, she has managed publication of educational materials including the Model Environmental Practices for Public-Use Airports and policy initiatives for FAA Reauthorization.
Ms. Johnson also assists the California Association of Port Authorities, an association comprised of the 11 commercial seaports in California. In this role, Ms. Johnson acts as project manager overseeing publication design and development, educational newsletters, social media monitoring, and website maintenance.
Ms. Johnson regularly engages the general aviation community, including pilots and educational institutions. She sits on the planning committee for California Aviation Day and chairs public relations for their annual event. She has also participated as a panelist at the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives annual conference providing legislative updates on aviation-related issues.
Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautical Studies concentrating in Air Traffic Control at Kent State University, Ohio’s only FAA approved Air Traffic – Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) University. She currently resides in Sacramento.