Top 100 Aerospace and Aviation Professionals to Follow On LinkedIn 2021: 7. Nyika Allen

7. Nyika Allen

Assistant Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland, Port of Oakland

Nyika Allen

Director of Aviation at City of Albuquerque

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United States

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to promote myself, the airport, the City of Albuquerque, Aviation in general, and other topics of interest in business. I also use it to connect with my peers across the world. I’ve found it to be an incredibly powerful platform..

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Who am I:

Complete wanderlust who believes the world is our oyster. We are each more powerful, more passionate and more connected when we live in each others shoes. It’s hard to hate someone you know. Which is why I do what I do. Being in aviation and running an airport allows me to facilitate those connections for my community.

What I do:

Nyika A. Allen was appointed as Director of Aviation for the City of Albuquerque in February 2018. She is the first millennial to lead a city department and is the first woman to serve as Director of the Department of Aviation. As Director, Mrs. Allen is responsible for management oversight of the largest airport in New Mexico, the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and Double Eagle II (AEG) General Aviation Reliever Airport. This includes the airport’s annual operating budget and multi-year capital program. Director Allen is a founding member of the New Mexico Land of Enchantment Chapter of Women in Aviation International, an organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

According to the most recent economic impact study, KABQ and KAEG generate $2.25 billion annually in economic impact for the region. During her tenure as Director, Nyika has overseen the development of an entirely new Airport Security Program, began a major concession program remodel to include relocation of the TSA screening area, began negotiations for a new Airline Use and Lease agreement, new Rental Car agreement and has been aggressively recruiting companies to ABQ to support the city’s economic development plans and the airports growth of its non-aeronautical revenue streams.

Under Mrs. Allen’s leadership, ABQ has expanded its route portfolio, completed a $30 million-dollar terminal renovation, taxiway reconstruction, added new streamline exit-doors, a nursing room and pet relief area, all while maintaining the Sunport’s A+ and AA credit ratings with Fitch and S&P rating agencies.

Most recently, Mrs. Allen has led the effort to partner with the electric utility to perform major upgrades to the electrical infrastructure, negotiated a water reuse contract with the water authority to save millions of gallons of potable water per month and was awarded funds to purchase electric passenger busses and charging stations for EGSE. In 2020 the Albuquerque International Sunport was recognized as one of the most stable midsized airports in the country in terms of liquidity while maintaining some of the lowest Cost Per Enplaned Passenger (CPE) metrics for an airport of its size. The airport was recognized by JD Power in both 2018 and 2019 as a top 10 medium hub airport and was most recently recognized by Art Desk Magazine as having a top 9 airport art program in the world.

Prior to her time in Aviation, Mrs. Allen was President & CEO of the New Mexico Technology Council. She is the former ‘Tech Expert’ on Fox New Mexico, Chair of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Committee, Chair of the TechHire NM business advisory council and a 2015 TEDxABQ main event speaker.

She holds a BBA in International Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and the UNM Honors Program. Nyika graduated magna cum laude with both university and scholastic achievement honors and a special international designation.

Mrs. Allen has both worked, studied and traveled to over 19 different countries. She has served on many board and advisory councils for multiple organizations such as: the Small Business Assistance Program (managed by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories), New Mexico EPSCoR, UNM Anderson Alumni Council, UNM Economic Development Forum, Albuquerque Economic Development, Kirtland Airforce Base Honorary Commander, the Mid-Region Council of Governments – Workforce Connections of Central NM and was recognized as an Albuquerque Business First 2016 Women of Influence honoree, a 40 Under 40 honoree and the most influential 40 under 40 for the class of 2016.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I try to post articles and images to inspire and educate others about the aviation industry and happenings involving the city of Albuquerque. I love connecting with interesting people and love to show my support for others by commenting and sharing their work.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I love to follow other aviation influencers especially airline / airport management, the FAA and government leaders.

My favourite or most successful post:

My most successful post was a celebration of the completion of my first three years as the Director of Aviation. The post was viewed 124,260 times, had 2,225 reactions and 252 comments. 

“My most successful post was a celebration of the completion of my first three years as the Director of Aviation. The post was viewed 124,260 times, had 2,225 reactions and 252 comments.”

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