AAAE Foundation

Women in Aviation Luncheon

Wednesday, May 15, 2024  |  12:30 - 2 p.m.  |  The Mayflower Hotel


Faye Malarkey Black

Faye Malarkey Black
President and CEO
Regional Airline Association

Honorary Host Committee

Linda Markham, Chair
Cape Air

Nobuyo Reinsch, ACE, Co-Chair
Regional Airline Association

Gina Adams
FedEx Corporation
2018 Women in Aviation Scholarship Honoree

J. Randolph Babbitt
Babbitt and Associates
Darby Becker
GE Aerospace

Linda Daschle
2017 Women in Aviation Scholarship Honoree

Nathan Gatten
American Airlines

Patricia Gilbert
International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations
2018 Women in Aviation Scholarship Honoree

Jennifer Iversen    
Regional Airline Association

Sasha Johnson
United Airlines

Rick Leach    
GoJet Airlines

Drew Jacoby Lemos    
Regional Airline Association

Jana Lozano
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Ross Mitchell
MHI RJ Aviation Group

Sara Nelson    
Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, AFL-CIO
2023 Women in Aviation Scholarship Honoree

Sharon L. Pinkerton    
Airlines for America
2019 Women in Aviation Scholarship Honoree

Jacky Sher Raker
American Association of Airport Executives

Will Ris

Samuel Whitehorn
Elevate Government Affairs

Sponsorship and Ticket Information

Platinum - $25,000

  • Three tables of ten with prime location
  • Invitation for all guests to the pre-luncheon reception

Gold - $12,500

  • Two tables of ten with prime location
  • Invitation for two guests to the pre-luncheon reception

Silver - $7,500

  • One table ten guests

Individual Ticket - $750

  • One ticket
For sponsorship, table and ticket information, please contact:
Gwen Basaria // // 703.797.2540
Jacky Sher Raker // // 703.575.2472 

Donate now to the Faye Malarkey Black Women in Aviation Scholarship fund.

Event Details

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Invitation-Only Reception
12:30 - 2 p.m. Luncheon

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection benefits from a prime location on Connecticut Avenue in downtown Washington, D.C. Dupont Circle and the National Mall are moments away; Union Station is easily accessible.

Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) or Farragut West (Blue, Orange & Silver Lines)

Valet Parking: $66 | Maximum Clearance: 6' (feet)

About the Honoree

Faye Malarkey Black serves as President and CEO of the Regional Airline Association and has led the organization since February 2015. She leads an organization representing 17 North American regional airlines and 80 supply company partners. In the United States, RAA member airlines operate 40 percent of the flights, employ more than 59,000 individuals and provide the only source of scheduled, passenger air service to 64% of the nation’s airports. Ms. Black oversees the daily operations of the Association, develops and executes its policy and business objectives and serves as the primary spokesperson for the regional airline industry.

Since taking the helm, Ms. Black has strengthened the Association’s reputation on Capitol Hill while building awareness of the critical role regional airlines play in connecting the country. She has driven deeper collaborations with academic, industry and airport partners in pursuit of the highest levels of aviation safety. She led RAA’s successful transition from an association management firm to standalone association and brought the Association into stronger alignment with the values and mission of its membership. A lifelong advocate of small community air service, Ms. Black successfully defended against attempts to dismantle the Essential Air Service program and successfully lobbied for expansion of small community air service development programs. She played a vital role in securing important employee payroll supports to preserve the ready status of the regional airline workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, the Association has taken an innovative, collaborative approach to attracting and supporting the next generation of aviation professionals with a variety of industrial initiatives and policy supports authorized by Congress. In 2019, she launched the RAA’s 501(c)3 charitable foundation, greatly expanding the Association’s ability to help the next generation of aviation professionals through scholarships. 

Ms. Black has served the RAA since 1998 and was formerly Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. She previously held key positions for U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and supported voter targeting and communications in Pennsylvania during the 1994 and 1996 Democratic Coordinated Campaigns. She later served as an executive at SmithBucklin Corporation, where she advised emerging businesses in developing democracies on building effective advocacy programs and business support networks under a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) subcontract.