Katherine Preston, Principal Consultant, Aviation, HMMH, environmental policy exper

Katherine B. Preston, ENV SP

Director, Aviation Environmental Services Specializing in Aviation, Sustainability & Energy, and Federal Programs

Katherine is the Group Leader for HMMH’s Aviation Environmental Services Group and has been involved in the Aviation industry for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience in environmental policy and government affairs and has a passion for sustainability. Katherine has managed traditional environmental review projects, renewable energy feasibility studies, federal research projects for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), developed regulatory guidance, and community outreach tools. In addition, she is an active member of several industry trade associations, including the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) and American Association of Airport Executives.

While working at ACI-NA, Katherine managed the association’s federal regulatory affairs and advocacy on a range of environmental policy issues including air quality, NEPA, water quality, waste management, noise and sustainability. She served as the committee secretary for the Environmental Affairs Committee and eight technical working groups, comprised of hundreds of members from both the public and private sector. Katherine also serves on the FAA’s Research, Engineering & Development Advisory Committee’s Environment and Energy subcommittee, and has participated as a panelist on a wide range of ACRP research projects.

Katherine has experience working for other aviation industry stakeholders as well. Prior to ACI-NA, she was a government affairs specialist for environmental and commercial aviation policy at The Boeing Company, and managed Congressional affairs for the International Air Transport Association.

Katherine holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.


Katherine is addicted to Audible audio books, particularly on long car rides. She loves to travel, and despite what some prominent political figures have said about our nation’s airports, she actually enjoys spending time in terminal buildings!