President & CEO
Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading passenger and cargo airlines.
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 as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University. He also serves on the Boards of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and Ford’s Theatre. He has received the Excellence in Business Award from the Sons of Italy Foundation; the Business Leadership Award from The Fund for American Studies; and the People Who Move America Award from the Boy Scouts of America. FULL BIO
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.Back to Top ˆ
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.
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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Senior Vice President, Communications
Rebecca Spicer was named Senior Vice President, Communications at Airlines for America (A4A), in June 2018. She is responsible for communications initiatives that execute key public relations strategies, help advance policy priorities and achieve advocacy objectives. She works to promote the industry’s image by highlighting the 700,000 men and women in the airline industry who get travelers and cargo to where they need to be safely as well as the member carriers that contribute to the economy, build businesses and connect communities across the country and around the world.
Prior to joining A4A, Spicer worked for nearly 12 years at the National Beer Wholesalers Association, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs. Additionally, Spicer served in the George W. Bush White House as associate director of communications, where she produced televised presidential events. Earlier, she worked as a television producer at stations across the country, including six years at WJLA in Washington, D.C., where she produced the award-winning six p.m. newscast, in addition to stations in Houston, Texas; New Haven, Conn.; and Birmingham, Ala.; as well as CNN in Atlanta, Ga.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Spicer holds degrees from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She serves on the Board of the National Council for Adoption and on the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army National Capital Region.Back to Top ˆ
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Patricia Vercelli is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Airlines for America. She brings to the association more than 20 years of experience in the airline financial services industry. Vercelli is responsible for A4A’s legal and corporate governance, overseeing the General Counsel’s office and providing corporate secretary functions.
Vercelli joins A4A from UATP, the airline-owned travel payment system. UATP was formerly a division of A4A and for 15 years. Vercelli managed the legal affairs of UATP, guiding them through multifaceted regulatory hurdles in the international arena relative to streamlining the payment processing of transactions between UATP airline members and corporate customers.
Prior to joining UATP, Vercelli worked for Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP and Sallie Mae, Inc. A member in good standing with multiple bar associations, she holds a Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from The American University.Back to Top ˆ
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.Back to Top ˆ
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.Back to Top ˆ
Vice President and Chief Economist
John Heimlich joined Airlines for America (A4A) in April 2001 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Economist. He is responsible for matters pertaining to economics and energy and frequently engages with members of the media.
Heimlich represents A4A in the MIT Airline Industry Consortium and the Harvard Industrial Economists Discussion Group and is Chairman Emeritus of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). In December 2010, Heimlich received the Armbrust Aviation Group’s award for “Distinguished Achievement in Aviation.”
Prior to A4A, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines in financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs. In the latter role, he worked on competition matters, mergers, route cases and antitrust immunity for alliances.
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.Back to Top ˆ
Vice President, Communications
Vaughn Jennings was named Vice President, Communications in September 2017 and oversees the department’s advocacy campaigns and its two managing directors, with a focus on further expanding A4A’s strategic communications initiatives and earned media outreach.
Since joining A4A in November 2012 as Managing Director for Government and Regulatory Communications, Jennings has played an integral role in successfully developing, driving and advancing the industry’s public and media relations priorities on a wide range of issues important to A4A’s member airlines. Prior to joining A4A, Jennings was a long-time Capitol Hill aide, holding several positions with senior Members of Congress, including House Leadership.
Jennings received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wake Forest University.Back to Top ˆ
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.Back to Top ˆ
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.Back to Top ˆ
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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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.Back to Top ˆ
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.Back to Top ˆ
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.Back to Top ˆ
Vice President, Environmental Affairs
Nancy Young was named Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Airlines for America (A4A) in July 2007. An environmental attorney, Young directs the A4A environmental sustainability 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 the Advisory Committee of the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT). In addition, she participates in the working groups under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and serves on the Board of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). In 2015, Ms. Young was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The Advisory Group concluded its work in late 2016 with the launch of its analysis and recommendations report, Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development.
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.Back to Top ˆ
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