Melissa Sabatine has led the Regulatory Affairs team at AAAE since November 2007. In this capacity, she represents and advocates for AAAE’s members before the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. She also spearheads and supports many of AAAE’s business operations, including numerous domestic and international conferences.
Melissa has served in a series of executive policy positions in Washington, D.C. including as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation for former secretaries Norman Mineta and Mary Peters, as Associate Administrator for Communications and Congressional Affairs of the Federal Transit Administration and Deputy Director of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. At the DOT, she was awarded the Secretary’s Gold Medal by Norman Mineta for her part in the recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Katrina. Prior to her service at DOT, Melissa spent many years on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and senior-level staffer in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, as well as in the private sector for a political media firm and at a trade association representing the high-tech industry. Known as one of the best liked and media savvy press secretaries during her tenure on Capitol Hill, she was profiled as a "Mover and a Shaker" by Campaign and Elections Magazine in 2003.
Melissa is an ex-officio member of the Oversight Committee of the Airport Cooperative Research Program, and a board member of the Aero Club of Washington. She is a graduate of Duquesne University where she majored in Journalism and Political Science. A trained personal fashion stylist and image consultant, Melissa is active in the local DC fashion industry, working on fashion shows and special events in her spare time.