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Jon Ballesteros
Jon Ballesteros
Chief External Affairs Officer

Airport Start Date: July 1998 - September 2000;  May 2017 - 

Education and/or work experience:  B.A. Economics – Claremont McKenna College;  completed coursework for a Masters of Public Affairs at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. 

In addition to serving as SFO's  (1998-2000)  Governmental Affairs Coordinator from 1998 to 2000, Jon has worked at the San Francisco Travel Association, the Port of Oakland, LS9, Inc. (a biotechnology company developing renewable fuels and sustainable energy) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Public Transportation Commission, Equality California and Project Open Hand.

Who are your direct reports? Charles Schuler, Cathy Widener, Virginia Sunday, Mark Chandler, Carlos Zabat, Melissa Andretta, Grier Matthews, and Sara Magoffin

What is your section responsible for? Communications, Government Affairs, International Aviation Development, Marketing, Protocol/Economic Liaison, Reprographics

What is your favorite thing about SFO?  The energy – the hustle and bustle in the terminals and the focus of SFO employees

What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?  The fact that it is city that welcomes everyone with open arms

Where is your favorite place for vacation?  Kelseyville, CA – a charming rural community in the heart of Lake County’s wine country.

What is your favorite charity? Do you do any volunteer work?  Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

What are your favorite hobbies or sports?  Gardening, Snowboarding and swimming

What book are you currently reading? “The Gatekeepers” – How the White House Chiefs of Staff define every Presidency

What is your favorite film?  Brokeback Mountain