“Bridging the Gap: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce”

Subcommittee: Aviation Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually


The hearing is an opportunity to learn from key stakeholders about the challenges with, and their recommendations for, developing a robust and diverse U.S. aviation workforce. Further, this hearing will examine future workforce needs and current efforts to recruit, retain and enhance the talent pipeline, including requirements under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, and other related workforce priorities.


  1. Dr. Rebecca Lutte
    Associate Professor
    University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute
  2. Ms. Claudia Zapata-Cardone
    Executive Director of Community Relations and Outreach
    Latino Pilots Association
  3. Ms. Icema D. Gibbs
    Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    JetBlue Airways
  4. Mr. Joel Webley
    Chairman, Board of Directors
    Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
  5. Mr. Kyle J. Kaiser
    VIPER Transitions