The Regional Airline Association launched a search for a new president last month after Debby McElroy accepted the position of senior vice president of government affairs with Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). McElroy will assume her new role with the K Street organization on December 19, giving the RAA a month-and-a-half to find a replacement. The RAA board has hired SmithBucklin to screen candidates and coordinate interviews.
McElroy will oversee ACI-NA’s government affairs department and will manage the efforts of a lobbying firm on behalf of the association. She will also help develop policy and positions on legislative issues.
Since taking over as president from Walt Coleman in 2000, McElroy has steered the RAA toward a more vocal and active role in government affairs, helped heighten the regional airline industry’s influence over transportation policy and shepherded the association through some of the most tumultuous and transformative times in the history of air transport.
McElroy serves as this year’s president of the board of governors for the Aero Club of Washington. She also serves on the NGATS Institute Management Council, the Flight Safety Foundation’s board of governors and the RTCA Policy Board. She participates in the Transportation Security Administration’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee, the U.S. Transportation Research Board’s Regional Aviation Subcommittee and several FAA advisory committees.