AIA Hires Staff to support workforce and NextGen goals.

Press Release Summary:

Susan Lavrakas has joined AIA's National Security Division as director of workforce and as such will work with AIA Workforce Steering Committee and Workforce Committee to address AIA's strategic goals, including assessing and strengthening STEM partnerships and program impact. Also, Mike Garvin joined NextGen Institute as its executive director and will focus on fostering public/private dialogues and efforts in support of NextGen as well as work of Joint Planning and Development Office.

Original Press Release:

AIA Hires Staff to Support Workforce, NextGen

Susan Lavrakas has joined AIA as its new director of workforce in the National Security Division. Working with AIA's Workforce Steering Committee and Workforce Committee, Lavrakas' efforts this year will address AIA's strategic goals. These include forming and strengthening STEM partnerships and networks at the state and local levels; assessing the impact of our industry's STEM education programs, investments and partnerships; and connecting the Team America Rocketry Challenge more closely with the workforce program and expanding it internationally. These are all part of AIA's Strategic Plan.

Lavrakas brings extensive expertise and relevant experience to her new position, having served on the AIA Workforce Steering Committee and Workforce Committee since they were established and chairing the latter for the past four years. She has worked in the aerospace industry for nearly thirty years, first at Northrop Grumman and since 2003 at BAE Systems, Inc.

Her career in national security policy research and analysis began at the Central Intelligence Agency and has also included several years at the RAND Corporation.

Mike Garvin joined the NextGen Institute as its executive director. The Institute, which foster's greater public/private dialogue and efforts in support of NextGen and the work of the Joint Planning and Development Office, is part of the National Center for Advanced Technologies, a 501(c)6 affiliate of AIA.

Mike has more than 20 years of airline operations experience from a pilot to vice president of Flight Operations. He's been involved in NextGen for a number of years as the regional airline representative on the ATMAC (Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee) and the NACSC (NextGen Advisory Committee's Subcommittee). Prior to joining the Institute, Mike was at Pinnacle Airlines where his last project was to bring together the people from three different airlines to develop a centralized transition and integration plan. He has also served in the Air Force Reserve as an intelligence officer with multiple deployments in support of the Global War on Terror.

AIA Sources: Susan.Lavrakas[at] and Michael.Garvin[at]

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