The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced Tuesday the promotion of Amy Gonzalez to general counsel. She was senior director of the Airport Authority’s Office of the General Counsel.

The Airport Authority board selected Gonzalez, who has represented the Airport Authority since 2003, to replace the organization’s first chief legal advisor, Bret Lobner, who recently retired.

“Providing advice and counsel in the ever-changing airport industry is a challenge I wholeheartedly embrace,” said Gonzalez, also an adjunct professor at Cal Western School of Law, in a statement Tuesday. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve this dynamic organization in a new and expanded role.”

Gonzalez began her career as a prosecutor for the city of Los Angeles and prior to joining the Airport Authority she represented Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Los Angeles International Airport and two other area airfields. She will report directly to the board.

Thella Bowens, Airport Authority president and CEO, said the organization will benefit from Gonzalez’s experience as it breaks ground this summer on a new Terminal Two parking plaza and continues work on the Airport Development Plan, a blueprint for future improvements.