The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) has launched the AMAC Airport Leadership Collective (ALC), a group of nearly 30 minority airport CEOs and directors who seek to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in employment at the airport director level. Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., the executive airport director of Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM), serves as the first ALC committee chair.

The ALC was formed to establish a community of support for minority airport professionals, leverage unified strength and influence to affect positive change for minorities in the industry, advise AMAC on strategies aimed at advancing minorities, and collaborate with research institutions and historically Black colleges and universities to establish mentorship and internship opportunities for women and minority students.

The ALC plans to launch strategies and initiatives that challenge professional and economic disparity in the field. “We have a perfect opportunity, given the recent movements around historical social injustices, to harness our collective strength and build on the diverse playing field of existing airport talent,” Taggart said. “We want to create a pipeline that prepares talent and creates training opportunities in order to develop future talent to lead general aviation as well as small to large airports around the country.”