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Trish Gilbert

National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
Executive Vice President

Trish Gilbert has served as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's seventh Executive Vice President since she was elected in September 2009. Gilbert was re-elected by acclamation to a second three-year term in March 2012, and again in April 2015 for an unprecedented third term as NATCA executive vice president.

Working as a team with NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, Gilbert has helped lead and oversee NATCA’s comprehensive efforts to build successful working relationships with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), the AFL-CIO, and members of Congress which have resulted in excellent progress on aviation safety. Her efforts include serving on the FAA/NATCA Collaborative Steering Committee, the AFL-CIO Political Committee, and RTCA’s Drone Advisory Committee, as the Vice Chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Air Traffic Services Committee, and the FAA Labor Management Forum.

Prior to election as NATCA EVP, Gilbert worked 21 years as an air traffic controller at Houston Center, and served in many activist roles within the union including Facility Representative, Southwest Region Chair of NATCA’s National Legislative Committee and Chair of the National Legislative Committee. She also chaired NATCA’s National Organizing Committee, served as NATCA Charitable Foundation Vice President and then, the Foundation’s President.

Trish Gilbert resides in Spring, Texas, and Washington, D.C., with her husband of over 20 years, John, a retired air traffic controller who also served as NATCA representative at Houston Center, arbitration advocate and the National OWCP Committee Chair. They are the proud parents of daughter, Jenna, and son, John Colby.