NBAA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs Christa Lucas oversees the association’s outreach to the U.S. Congress, the federal administration, state and local governments, the aviation community and grassroots programs, working to ensure the safety, efficiency and acceptance of business aviation. She was originally hired as vice president, government affairs in January 2014.
Lucas came to NBAA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where she was the associate administrator for airports. While there, she oversaw a $3.35 billion annual federal airport grants program and passenger facility charge collections totaling $2 billion. She also managed programs for national airport planning and development, including safety standards, design and engineering, certification, environmental processing and financing.
Previously, Lucas was deputy assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this capacity, she served as the principal advisor to the secretary on a broad portfolio of responsibilities covering domestic and international aviation, international trade, and other international cooperation and facilitation issues.
Before joining the office of the secretary of transportation, Lucas served as the legislative director to Representative Jerry Costello (IL) and was professional staff on the House Aviation Subcommittee, which Rep. Costello chaired. She managed the legislative agenda and handled responsibilities related to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Lucas received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and her M.P.P. from George Washington University.
Last updated April 15, 2020