Courtney Pene, Deputy Director of Planning and Outreach

SLO County Regional Airport Authority Announces New Deputy Director

Author: Airport Administrator
Date: 12/17/2020 8:32 AM

Courtney Pene will be joining the Airport executive team as Deputy Director, Planning and Outreach.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, Courtney Pene will be joining the executive team as Deputy Director, Planning and Outreach. She will begin in her new role on January 11, 2021.

Pene has more than 16 years of government experience, at both the city and county levels. She is a familiar face in San Luis Obispo, having most recently served as an Administrative Analyst for the County of San Luis Obispo. While with the County, Pene managed the County’s legislative platform, implemented a $1.5 million local grant program, and earned a reputation as a community connector during the pandemic.

In the Department of Airports, Pene will be responsible for the planning, development, and external communication of programs for the County’s commercial and general aviation airports. Additionally, she will manage external communications for the current Airport Master Plan update, and the airport’s Strategic Business Plan, Airport Capital Improvement Program and SBP Voluntary Noise Abatement Program. She will also oversee the airport’s marketing and air service development.

“We are very happy to welcome Courtney Pene to the SBP team,” said Courtney Johnson, Director of Airports. “During an extraordinarily difficult time for the industry, we are confident that Courtney’s talent, enthusiasm, and fresh perspective will be invaluable for us. I believe in who she is and what she has to contribute, and we can’t wait to start working with her!”

“I am extremely humbled and excited for the opportunity ahead,” shared Pene. “In this role, my priorities are to develop a strong nexus between government, industry, and the community as well as continue to foster the strategic partnerships within the region as we collectively move forward together.”




San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of three commercial airlines with flights to several major U.S. hubs. The airport is also home to full-service general aviation and corporate facilities. For more information, or to book a flight, visit