The City of Boise Department of Aviation has named Elizabeth Sumner Deputy Director of Engineering and Planning. In this role, she will be responsible for managing and administering the engineering, environmental, construction, and facilities related programs at Boise Airport (BOI). She began her new position on September 11, 2023.
Ms. Sumner joins BOI from the Idaho Air National Guard, bringing a strong background in planning and strategy, construction administration and project management, and leadership and supervision. While there, she served as Director of Mission Support, leading a 340-member cross functional customer service organization to support 21 combat aircraft worth $390M and flying 3500 hours annually. She also oversaw the development of the first Gowen Field Master Plan, programmed $50M in projects to improve existing facilities and relocated flying and maintenance operations to East End. Previously, Ms. Sumner held the titles of Director of Civil Engineering and Chief of Staff.
“I am extremely excited to join the leadership team at the Boise Airport,” said Ms. Sumner. “The opportunity to help shape the air and landside facilities to support the growth at the Airport is nothing short of incredible. As a soon-to-be retired Air Force Officer, I have spent most of my work life at Airfields and Airports. I am beyond excited to be part of this high performing team that will deliver new designs and facilities to a fast-growing airport in the Pacific Northwest.”
Ms. Sumner received her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences, Aeronautics from the US Air Force Academy. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Ceramics from the University of Illinois. She received her Project Management Professional certification through the Project Management Institute.