Our Vision: To be the nationally recognized voice for the public interest, states and territories on aviation and the national aviation system.


John Shea

Interim President and CEO
John Shea is the Interim President and CEO of NASAO. In this capacity, he manages and implements all of the association’s initiatives established by the board of directors. John coordinates all advocacy and legislative efforts to Congress and federal agencies for NASAO members. Prior to joining NASAO as Manager of Government Relations in 2017, John worked on Capitol Hill for several years as a congressional staffer for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), and Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08). He advised on several different policy areas including commerce, financial services, homeland security, judiciary, labor, telecommunication, trade, and transportation. John graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Minor in Public Relations.                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Tracy MacDonald

Manager, Membership and Meetings
Tracy is excited to join the NASAO team. Previously, she worked for over five years at COMPTEL, an association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. As manager of education and member programs, Tracy oversaw COMPTEL’s educational content and opportunities including webinars, and the coordination of the COMPTEL PLUS conference agendas.

Prior to COMPTEL, Tracy served as membership coordinator at Northern Virginia Technology Council, providing assistance to more than 1,000 member companies. Earlier in her career, she worked in the membership department for the National Insulation Association and as a client service representative with US Newswire (now PR Newswire).

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Whether you are a state aviation official, staff member or a Friend of NASAO, there are opportunities for you to become more involved with NASAO through participation on one of our many Committees. See a complete list of opportunities and let us know where you would like to be involved. More
NASAO is one of the most senior aviation organizations in the United States, predating even the Federal Aviation Administration’s predecessor, the Civil Aeronautics Authority. The states first established NASAO to ensure uniformity of safety measures, to standardize airport regulations and develop a truly national air transportation system responsive to local, state, and regional needs. More
NASAO holds two formal conferences each year – our Annual Convention and Trade Show, typically held in September and a Washington Legislative Conference held in the nation’s Capital during the February/March timeframe. NASAO also has a presence at EAA’s AirVenture, held each year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in late July. Whether you are looking to attend an interesting, informative and relevant conference or would like to exhibit or sponsor an event, let us know. More
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