About Us

A4A Executives

Nicholas E. Calio

President & CEO

Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading airlines, whose members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.

Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs. Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs, and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee. He was responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. federal government relations, U.S. state government relations and international government relations.

Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Calio served as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush, with primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House legislative strategy. In 1993, Mr. Calio co-founded O’Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm rated by a Fortune Magazine survey as “one of the ten most powerful” in Washington.

Mr. Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University; and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University; the Board of Directors of RTCA, Inc.; the Wolf Trap Foundation; the U.S. Capitol Historical Society; the First Tee of Washington, D.C.; and the Centerra Group Advisory Board. FULL BIO

Paul R. Archambeault

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Paul Archambeault was named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Airlines for America (A4A) in September 2014.

In this role, he manages support services; administration, treasury, information technology and business services (e-business, industry audit, high-density airport slot services, publications and the Airlines Clearing House). He also manages the A4A defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans.

Archambeault joined A4A in 1991 as a staff auditor and has held management roles in finance, operations and aviation security. He also served as Director of the Aviation Millennium Project, the industrywide initiative to ensure that all airline operations were Y2K compliant. He was named Vice President, Chief Financial officer and Treasurer in October 2003.

A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Archambeault holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in financial management from George Mason University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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David A. Berg

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

David Berg was named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Airlines for America (A4A) in February 2011, and is responsible for the association’s legal affairs. Berg has managed complex industry litigation and critical regulatory initiatives involving issues such as revenue diversion and landing fees, government overcharge policies and practices, local domestic-partner benefits laws, passengers with disabilities, exit-row seating, drug and alcohol testing, and duty limits and rest requirements for both flight attendants and pilots.

Berg joined A4A in 1985 after three years in private practice. He was named vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in October 2003, and is active in the aviation legal community. He has served as chairman of the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law and is on the board of governors of the International Aviation Club.

A native of Washington, D.C., Berg received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Washington College of Law, American University. He also serves on the board of directors of Food and Friends, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization.


 

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Christine M. Burgeson

Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs

In September 2011, Christine Burgeson joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs. A key member of the A4A leadership team, Burgeson co-leads government affairs with a focus on increasing the advocacy reach and lobbying capabilities of the organization.

Burgeson served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs on issues including budget, appropriations, tax, finance and foreign relations. During her tenure, Burgeson worked with Congress in the aftermath of 9-11 to establish the Department of Homeland Security and later to ensure enactment of the President’s 2003 Jobs and Growth tax legislation.

After leaving the White House, Burgeson became Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs in Citigroup’s Global Government Affairs office.

Burgeson began her career in Washington working for Mississippi Republican U.S. Senator Trent Lott serving on the leadership staff in both the Majority Whip’s office and in the Senate Majority Leader’s office.

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Sean D. Kennedy

Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs

Sean Kennedy joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs in July 2011. A key member of the A4A leadership team, Kennedy co-leads government affairs with a focus on increasing the advocacy reach and lobbying capabilities of the organization.

Before joining A4A, Kennedy was Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Legislative Affairs, working with moderate Democrats and Republicans to form coalitions; serving as the lead White House liaison to the Senate Commerce Committee; and guiding the administration’s executive branch nominees through the confirmation process. Previously, Kennedy served as Chief of Staff to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); as Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations with AT&T; and as Legislative Director for then-House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt.

Kennedy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.

 

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Jean Medina

Senior Vice President, Communications

Jean Medina was named Senior Vice President, Communications for Airlines for America (A4A) in February 2011, and has more than 20 years of experience in media relations; crisis management; and financial, customer and employee communications.

Prior to joining A4A, Medina served as Managing Director, External Communications at United Airlines, and helped guide communications surrounding the United-Continental Airlines merger. Before working at United Airlines, Medina managed public relations for Tellabs and Ameritech, worked for a public relations firm and was a reporter for the Daily Herald.

A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Ms. Medina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and French from Eastern Illinois University.

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Billy Nolen

Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations

Capt. Billy Nolen was named Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Operations for Airlines for America (A4A) in July 2015.

In his role, Nolen works closely with A4A members to advise, evaluate and set standards and procedures that maximize safety and customer service and improve efficiency. As the leader of the operations division, Nolen works closely with the Administration and government agencies to ensure A4A members operate in a regulatory environment that enables the industry to build upon its impeccable safety record. He oversees the six key functional areas within the airline portfolio at A4A, all of which are core to member airlines: Air and Ground Safety; Security; Flight Operations; Air Traffic Management; Engineering and Maintenance; and Cargo Services.

Prior to joining A4A, Nolen held a number of safety-related positions with American Airlines, including managing American’s Operations Aviation Safety Action Partnership program and acting as Senior Manager of Flight Safety. He has been an active pilot at American since 1989 and is currently a Captain on the B757/767. Nolen was also an Aviation Safety Officer and Rotary Wing/Fixed Wing Pilot with the U.S. Army from 1980-1989.

A native of Alabama, Nolen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has received several program certificates on aviation safety from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Army Safety Center and University of Southern California.

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Sharon L. Pinkerton

Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy

Sharon Pinkerton was named Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy for Airlines for America (A4A) in February 2011, and leads policy development on legislative and regulatory matters, working with Capitol Hill and the administration.

Pinkerton joined A4A as Vice President, Government Affairs in April 2006, where she was responsible for overseeing all aviation-related issues before federal, state and local governments. Before joining A4A, she served as Assistant Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Prior to her appointment at FAA, Pinkerton was transportation counsel to House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) and served on Capitol Hill for nearly 10 years. She began her professional career at Price Waterhouse.

A native of Vero Beach, Fla., Pinkerton received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cedarville College in Ohio, and earned a law degree from the University of Florida. Pinkerton is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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James L. Casey

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Prior to joining A4A, Casey served five years with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in several roles, including as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel, an attorney in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, an assistant to a member of the board, and as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman.

A native of Garden City, N.Y., Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law of Jamaica, N.Y., where he was an editor of the Law Review.

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Rob DeLucia

Vice President, Labor and Employment, and Assistant General Counsel

In January 2012, Rob DeLucia joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Vice President, Labor and Employment, and Assistant General Counsel. His arrival at A4A coincided with the creation of the A4A Labor and Employment Council to strengthen and advance the labor relations and employment interests of A4A member carriers and employees.

Prior to joining A4A, DeLucia spent 29 years with the Airline Industrial Relations Conference (AIR Conference) in Washington, D.C. AIR Conference was a nonprofit trade association that facilitated the exchange of information among U.S. airlines regarding negotiations, benefits and human resource matters. During his tenure at AIR Conference and A4A, Rob has been actively involved in a number of employment- and aviation-related regulatory matters involving the Department of Labor, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Mediation Board.

Rob began his legal career as an attorney at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and then worked in private practice at the firm of Jenkins, Nystrom & Sterlacci. Rob received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a law degree from Georgetown University Law School.

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Keith A. Glatz

Vice President, International Affairs

Glatz brings vast international policy experience to A4A, having successfully negotiated agreements on behalf of the U.S. aviation industry, resulting in unparalleled market access for U.S. carriers worldwide.

Before joining A4A, Glatz served as Senior Negotiator for Air Services at the Department of Transportation. Prior to 2004, Glatz held three Presidential Management Fellow positions, during which he worked at the Department of State in the Office of Aviation Negotiations and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Director for Russia and newly independent states.

Glatz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy from the University of Akron.

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John P. Heimlich

Vice President and Chief Economist

John Heimlich joined Airlines for America (A4A) in April 2001 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Economist. Prior to A4A, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines in financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs.

Heimlich is Chairman Emeritus of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) board of directors and represents A4A in the MIT Airline Industry Consortium, the Air Transport Research International Forum (ATRIF) and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). In 2013 – 2014, Heimlich and colleague Nancy Young were voted #48 in the “Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy.” In December 2010, Heimlich received the Armbrust Aviation Group’s award for “Distinguished Achievement in Aviation.”

A native of Kent, Ohio, Heimlich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Penny Kozakos

Vice President, Communications

Penny Kozakos joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Vice President, Communications for in January 2016. Kozakos’ primary responsibilities are to design and execute A4A’s advocacy and awareness campaigns, optimize the organization’s outreach to traditional and social media that cover the aviation industry, and manage A4A’s digital team.

Prior to joining A4A, Kozakos served as Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller, where she focused on issues and crisis clients, including public and private sector organizations, and in particular safety-centric and regulated industries. Prior to her time at Burson, she worked in the newsrooms of USA Today and NBC News.

Kozakos is a native of Cyprus who grew up in Alexandria, VA. She received a Master of Science degree in mass communications from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.

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Paul J. McGraw

Vice President, Operations and Safety

Paul McGraw is Vice President, Operations and Safety and is responsible for overseeing all air traffic management, flight operations, engineering & maintenance and safety activities at Airlines for America (A4A).

McGraw joined A4A in 1986, covering regional air traffic, flight operations, airport, safety, security and environmental issues in Chicago. In 1992, he joined A4A headquarters and has held a series of positions covering airport capacity and delay reduction issues, air traffic management policies, airline operations, and national airspace modernization programs.

In 2010, McGraw was awarded the A4A Nancy Cunningham Award for distinguished service and dedication to A4A and its members.

Prior to joining A4A, McGraw held several management positions at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. He and his staff were responsible for all airport operational and emergency activities.

A native of Illinois, McGraw received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, where he earned his commercial pilot license, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings.

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Laura Rinaldi McKee

Vice President, Airport Affairs

Laura McKee currently serves as Vice President, Airport Affairs and is responsible for coordinating policy and industry matters regarding the business relationship between airlines and airport operators. McKee joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Managing Director, Airport Affairs in July 2007, was promoted to Senior Managing Director, Airline Services in June 2011, and then to Vice President Airline Services in May 2013.

Before joining A4A, McKee served as Director, Risk Management for Centerplate, Inc. (a food and beverage concessionaire) where she was responsible for managing all insurance, safety and security functions of the company. She previously spent 10 years with Trans World Airlines and US Airways and began her career as an attorney with the law firm of Evans & Dixon in St. Louis.

A native of Philadelphia, McKee received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Villanova University and earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Shelley M. Rubino

Vice President, Global Government Affairs

With extensive policy, legislative and management experience, Shelley Rubino joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Vice President, Global Government Affairs in April 2012. Before joining A4A, Ms. Rubino spent four years on Capitol Hill, where she served as Chief of Staff to Rep. John Larson (D-CT), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus and as a liaison between Rep. Larson and House Leadership, Members of Congress and the administration. Previously, Rubino served as Director of Government Law and Strategies at Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels, LLP of Hartford, Conn. She also served as a top aide to Connecticut House Speaker Thomas Ritter.

Rubino received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Eastern Connecticut University. She has served as Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission and on the board of the Connecticut Riverfront Recapture and is involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations.

 

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Josh Saltzman

Vice President, Global Government Affairs

Josh Saltzman joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Vice President, Global Government Affairs in June 2012, following 12 years on Capitol Hill.

Saltzman has extensive management and legislative experience and, prior to joining A4A, was Chief of Staff to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process. Saltzman served as Chief Policy and Political Aide, and primary liaison between Rep. Sessions and Republican Leadership offices, Members of Congress and their staffs. Previously Saltzman served as Deputy Chief of Staff/Rules Committee Associate for Rep. Sessions, and worked as legislative aide to Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA) and as a staff member to Rep. Patrick Toomey (R-PA).

Saltzman received a Master of Philosophy degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William and Mary.

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Jarrod Thompson

Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy

Jarrod Thompson was named Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy in February 2015. In this role, he utilizes his policy expertise in transportation, particularly economic regulations governing commercial aviation, as A4A continues to address the tax, regulatory and infrastructure challenges facing the industry and its customers.

Prior to joining A4A, Thompson served as Director of Congressional Affairs at United Airlines. He also has extensive airline-related policy experience working on Capitol Hill as Republican Senior Professional Staff Member for Aviation for the Senate Commerce Committee.

A native of Laurel, Mont., Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University in psychology.

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Sean Williams

Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs

Sean Williams joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs in April 2013. In this role, Sean uses his unique knowledge of state and local government and grassroots engagement to advocate on behalf of the airline industry and for a National Airline Policy.

A native of Connecticut, Sean has extensive experience in state and local government, including six terms representing the 68th Assembly District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Sean served as Ranking Member of the tax-writing Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He previously served as Ranking Member of the Energy and Technology Committee and as a member of the state Bond Commission. He also had stints as a member of the Education, Insurance and Real Estate, Labor and Public Employees and Commerce Committees.

A recipient of several prominent awards for his advocacy for a stronger business climate during his tenure in the legislature, he was widely recognized as a leader willing to cross party lines to forge strategic partnerships on a number of key pieces of legislation in Connecticut. Sean holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

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Nancy N. Young

Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Nancy Young was named Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Airlines for America (A4A) in July 2007. An environmental attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Young directs the A4A environmental programs, represents the A4A airlines in international negotiations regarding aircraft noise and emissions standards, and provides counsel on other environmental issues of significance. She serves on the steering group and as environmental co-lead of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI), which is working to hasten the deployment of commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels, and participates in the working groups under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection. Young also serves on the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport, having been appointed by the Secretary-General in September 2015.

Prior to her current engagement with A4A, Young was a principal/partner at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where she served as co-chair of the firm’s climate change and waste management and recycling practices. Young previously served as the A4A Associate General Counsel, Environment and International Programs, and as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman E. Thomas Coleman (MO).

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Young received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William & Mary in 1986 and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.

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