Heather Wingate

Heather K. Wingate serves as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines. Her responsibilities include managing Delta’s Federal and International government relations teams. She is responsible for developing and advocating Delta’s public policy positions with the White House, the Administration, and Congress. She also oversees Delta’s political engagement and relationships with think tanks, industry coalitions, and other public policy organizations

Prior to joining Delta in October 2017, Heather spent five years as the Head of Global Government Relations for MetLife. Her responsibilities included managing MetLife’s State, Federal, and International government relations teams, as well as its Regulatory Policy Group, responsible for MetLife’s engagement on public policy and regulatory issues at all levels of government. From May 2010 to October 2012, she was Managing Director of Public Affairs for Nomura Holding America, Inc., where she established and ran the company’s Washington office. From 2003 to April 2010, she served as Managing Director and Head of Federal Government Affairs at Citi in Washington.

Heather has served in a number of public sector positions, including as Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and subsequently as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from 2001 to 2003, where she promoted the President’s legislative agenda before the U.S. Senate. In addition to her executive branch experience, Heather worked in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2001, serving as Chief of Staff to then-Senator Sam Brownback. She practiced law in Washington from 1993-1995, and began her Washington career as an intern to then-Senator Bob Dole in 1989.

Heather received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Kansas in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1993. She is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. She serves on the National Presbyterian School Board of Trustees. She previously served on the board of Women’s Policy, Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on women’s issues; and the board of the Business-Government Relations Council, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting best practices in the government relations profession. She also formerly served as the President of the Kansas Society of Washington, DC, a nonprofit member of the National Conference of State Societies.

She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, son and daughter.

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Jeff Davidman

Jeff Davidman oversees Delta’s State and Local Government Affairs efforts around the country and has direct responsibility for Delta’s MSP hub, the City of Atlanta as well as the Midwest portion of the country. Jeff has represented Delta’s state and local government entities around the country since 2004. During his tenure at Delta, Jeff has been instrumental in securing state and local government support for multiple Delta initiatives, including the successful merger with Northwest Airlines. Prior to joining Delta Air Lines, Jeff worked for 10 years in various positions throughout Minnesota State Government including working as a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Tim Pawlenty.

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Mimi Braniff

Prior to working at Delta, Mimi Braniff held various positions in both the government and private sector.  Her experience includes serving as Special Counsel to the Senate Energy Committee, Full Committee Counsel to the Senate Appropriations Committee and Deputy Chief Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee. In addition to holding the position of Vice President, Federal Government Affairs for NRG Energy, Mimi previously practiced law in California and Indiana, focusing on litigation. 

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Dana Debel

Based in Los Angeles, Dana Debel is responsible for government relations with state and local officials in the western U.S., inclu​ding California, Washington, and Utah, along with other key communities. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Dana led similar efforts out of Delta’s Detroit hub. Dana has led numerous efforts to enhance the presence of Delta within its hub communities and improve the economic and operating climate for Delta’s customers and employees before state and local elected leaders. Prior to joining Delta, Dana served as Policy Director for Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, and was charged with carrying out the Governor’s policy agenda in both the legislative and administrative arenas.​

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Will Kinzel

As Managing Director, Government Affairs, for Delta Air Lines, Will Kinzel is the lead company liaison to Republican elected officials in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  In this capacity, he covers the full range of federal policy issues affecting the company, including transportation, energy, health care, labor, foreign affairs, homeland security, taxes, andPrior to joining Delta, Will served as the Assistant for Policy to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). In this role, he advised the Speaker on a range of issues, including transportation matters, campaign finance and election law, and Congressional oversight activities. He also served as a counsel to the Speaker, managing the Speaker’s involvement in outside litigation and was the principal liaison to the House Republican Conference to governors and other state and local officials.

Before joining Congressman Boehner’s leadership team in 2009, Will was the Director of Government Affairs at the Republican National Committee (RNC), where he served as a liaison between the RNC and Congressional leadership as well as between the RNC and the government affairs community in Washington, DC.

Will received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.
trade.  In addition to the portfolio of federal issues, Will guides company strategy on international, regulatory, state, and local levels.

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Bob Letteney

Prior to joining Delta in September 2013, Bob Letteney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition to his experience at DOT, Bob spent significant time on Capitol Hill, where he worked for Senator Edward Kennedy, served as Chief of Staff to Representative Martin Meehan (D-MA) and also worked on the Committee on Appropriations for Chairman John Oliver (D-MA).  He also was a Mike Mansfield Fellow and worked in the Ministry of Transport in Tokyo, Japan.

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Patricia Ornst

Based in New York, Patty Ornst is responsible for state and local issues for New York and the northeast region, as well Kentucky. Prior to joining Delta, Patty was a director of state and local government affairs for the Northeast region at American Airlines. She also served as vice president, aviation, for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she led aviation strategy for New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. Earlier in her career, she spent nearly seven years at Airports Council International – North America as director of legislative affairs.

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Julie Oettinger

Julie Oettinger joined Delta Air Lines in January 2015 where she holds the position of Managing Director, International Regulatory and Policy.  She is based in the Hague, Netherlands.

Prior to that, Julie Oettinger served from June 2010 to November 2014 as Assistant Administrator for International, Policy and the Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining FAA, Ms. Oettinger was Managing Director for International and Regulatory Affairs at United Airlines.

Ms. Oettinger previously served as Assistant General Counsel at US Airways from 1998 to 2002 where she was responsible for all international legal affairs and all regulatory matters. Ms. Oettinger also was Attorney Advisor in the Legal Advisor’s Office at the U.S. Department of State where she was Legal Advisor to the aviation negotiation team, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for International Security Affairs and Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy Panama.

Ms. Oettinger received a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Sametta Barnett

Sametta joined Delta in May 2005 after serving for more than two years as the Director for Cargo, Trade and Transportation Policy in the newly-established Department of Homeland Security’s Border and Transportation Directorate.  Prior to that, Mrs. Barnett held the positions of Chief of Congressional Affairs at the Drug Enforcement Agency; and Associate Director for Government Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, where she specialized in aviation economics and security policy and handled all legislative liaison work for the newly-established TSA after the terror attacks of 9/11.  Mrs. Barnett joined the Bush Administration in August, 2001, after spending five years on Capitol Hill working on transportation, judiciary, appropriations, tax and environmental policy issues for Representatives Asa Hutchinson and Jay Dickey of Arkansas.  Originally hailing from New England, Mrs. Barnett received a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Economics from Wheaton College in Illinois, and resides in the Washington, DC area.

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Molly Harris

Molly Harris joined Delta from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where she served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs. She joined the FAA in 2010 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs and in both roles she was the principal adviser to the FAA Administrator and other key FAA executives on congressional issues. Prior to that, Molly spent nine years in the office of former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, where she developed policy positions on a range of transportation issues, including FAA Reauthorization legislation.

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Rich Swayze

Rich Swayze most recently served as the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Prior to the FAA, Rich was the Senior Professional Staff Member for the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he handled aviation issues related to the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Before joining the Senate, Rich worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) leading transportation research projects.

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David Werner

David Werner currently serves as Director of State and Local Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines where he has responsibility for Delta’s Hubs in ATL and DTW and the Southeast part of the country.  Prior to joining Delta, Werner served as Executive Counsel to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Emory University School of Law, Werner previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the State of Georgia, Deputy Chief of Staff of Legislative and External Affairs, Deputy Executive Counsel and as the Policy Advisor on Criminal Justice. He also held staff positions in both the Georgia House and Senate. 

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Lisa Hanna

Lisa Hanna joined Delta Air Lines in 2018 having worked at the intersection of politics and communications for nearly 20 years. Lisa has spent time on Capitol Hill, working as a journalist, for influential D.C. public relations firms, in the non-profit sector and for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Delta Air Lines she was the Principal of her own firm, engage360 Public Affairs, where she counseled clients in the energy and transportation sectors. She is a former communications director and press secretary to U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), where she focused primarily on policy issues within the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Science Space & Technology. Lisa holds degrees in journalism and political science from Baylor University and is currently working on her MBA at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Dee Janovsky

Dee Janovsky joined Delta Air Lines as Political Engagement Manager in 2018. She is responsible for managing the Delta Political Action Committee (PAC) and employee political engagement programs.

Prior to joining Delta, Dee held the position of Political Affairs Director at Phillips 66, where she was responsible for establishing and managing the Phillips 66 PAC, grassroots, Get Out the Vote (GOTV), and political compliance programs. Previously she worked at Raytheon Company, first as a PAC associate, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Raytheon PAC, and subsequently as a legislative analyst, where she developed and managed its grassroots programs and conducted legislative research. 

Dee holds a bachelors degree in Government from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. and a master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management in Washington, D.C.

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Dale Lippman

Dale Lippman is the Manager Government Affairs for Delta Air Lines, having started in the airline industry with Northwest Airlines in 1996.  Prior to joining Northwest, Dale had 15 years of legislative and leadership experience in both the House and Senate under U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI).  As his legislative assistant in the House of Representatives, Dale was responsible for appropriations and legislative issues involving transportation, interior, education, labor and health.  While serving in the Senate, Dale took on a managerial role as Akaka’s executive assistant, overseeing the day-to-day operations and overall management of the professional and administrative personnel, advising the Senator and the Administrative Assistant (the latter more commonly known as Chief of Staff today). 

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Jacob Pearlman

Jacob Pearlman is an analyst in Delta’s Government Affairs office.  In this role, Jacob works alongside Delta’s lobbyists, lawyers, and policy experts by completing research, writing, and special projects in a data-driven and organized approach.  He is the author of the DeltaPAC Digest, a monthly newsletter for DeltaPAC members. Prior to working full time at Delta’s D.C. office, Jacob served as an intern for the Government Affairs team during his senior year of college.

Previously, Jacob served as a White House Advance Associate to President Obama and Vice President Biden from 2014 to 2016.  In this role, he traveled around the country to prepare and execute events ranging from open-press policy addresses to campaign-style rallies, while working with senior government officials, and military and security personnel.

Furthermore, Jacob worked as a communications and data staffer in Connecticut, first on Governor Dan Malloy’s successful reelection campaign in 2014, and later for the state’s Democratic Party in 2015.

Jacob graduated from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in April 2017.  He received a B.A. in Public Policy with a focus on National Security studies.

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Justine Blaney

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Cassena “CC” Creech

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