Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) this week announced the formation of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group, comprised of professionals and DEI experts from across the industry to help propel the association’s work in this important area moving forward.

“Our industry has a strong record of success in creating opportunities,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin Burke.  “Our industry is a driver of change because of our strong commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives and we look forward to the input from our new working group to further advance our industry’s leadership.”

ACI-NA added that despite the pandemic that nearly crippled the North American airport industry, airports have not neglected their social responsibility priorities, especially in the areas of DEI, but said the working group will enable it to continue learning and listening about the work being done in this area.

The group will be chaired by Tanisha Lewis, vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) while Debi Marshall, director of Human Resources at Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, will serve as the vice chair.

Danette Bewley, president and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority will serve as the liaison to the ACI-NA Board of Directors and Solomon Wong, president and CEO of InterVISTAS Consulting, will serve as the associates’ representative on the working group.