Joel Bacon serves as Executive Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for AAAE. In his current role, Joel leads the Association’s advocacy and public affairs operations with oversight of legislative and regulatory affairs, transportation security policy, communications, press, public relations, and Airport Magazine.
Joel joined AAAE in 2000 and played a key role for well more than a decade in the development and implementation of the Association’s legislative program, focusing on security, budget, and appropriations issues. Prior to joining AAAE, he served as senior manager of legislative affairs with the National Business Aviation Association.
Joel began his professional career in the office of Kansas Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum where he held positions as legislative assistant and press secretary. He also worked for the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee during Senator Kassebaum's term as Chairman.
Joel served as the first district director for then-Representative Jerry Moran, who now serves in the United States Senate.
Joel and his wife, Amy, have two children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.