Tatiana Starostina brings 16 years of experience in the aviation industry to LAWA, where she serves as the Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she oversees all Department financial and accounting functions including financial reporting, rates and charges, grants administration, budget, accounting operations, financial systems and all debt/financing related functions for LAWA’s two airports: Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys general aviation.
Most recently, Ms. Starostina served as the Assistant Director of Aviation – Business and Strategy at the Port of Oakland and previous to that she served as the Port of Oakland’s Manager of Financial Planning. Starostina helped maintain Oakland International Airport’s strong financial footing and helped modernize the airport’s ratemaking methodology, which resulted in a 49% revenue increase over the previous two years. She also enabled funding of previously unfunded projects including a $50 million airport perimeter dike. Ms. Starostina developed a strong relationship with Moody’s Investor Services and made a case for the ultimate upgrade in the Port’s credit ratings. She led the departments of Aviation Properties, Ground Transportation, Parking, Marketing and Air Service Development, and oversaw the Terminal Food & Beverage and Retail Concessions redevelopment programs. Previous to her positions at the Port of Oakland, Ms. Starostina worked at the Port of Portland as the Senior Manager for Financial Analysis and Projects and United Airlines as the Regional Manager for Airport Affairs, Corporate Real Estate. At United Airlines, she was charged with managing United’s airport affairs and a portfolio of large and medium hub airports. She also negotiated airport-airline agreements in stations which were undergoing substantial terminal development programs that required significant changes in airline operations and business arrangements, including new rate making methodologies and served on Airline-Airport Affairs Committees, overseeing capital improvement.
In 2019, Ms. Starostina served as the Chair of the Airport Airline Business Working Group of the Airport Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Finance Committee, where she organized several conference panels and directed the analysis of the declining trends in Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) collections in support of the industry efforts to advocate for the modernization of the PFC legislation.
Starostina holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in analytical finance, strategy, accounting and decision science. She was named the Medium Airport Finance Professional of the Year by ACI-NA in 2019.