Houghton has enjoyed a varied career in both the airline and broadcast industries. She most recently served as Northwest Sales Manager for Vyvx, a startup company that grew to become the industry leader of fiber optic network and satellite video transmission for sports, news, and entertainment. Prior to Vyvx, her 24-year career tapped her skills in managing both union and non-union employee groups. She was Director of Production for PVS, Washington, D.C., which provided broadcast technical services and engineering for domestic and international broadcasters; she was Vice President and General Manager of a PVS subsidiary contracted to provide on-site technical staff and operations for Grant Tinker/Gannett's USA Today on TV; and was Director of Operations for a PVS subsidiary contracted to CNN's Washington bureau.
She was also East Coast Base Manager for several hundred World Airways flight attendants.
Houghton received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.