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The Alliance Mourns the Loss of Executive Director Selena Shilad
November 28, 2023
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  • Washington, DC, November 28, 2023
     — The Alliance for Aviation Across America regretfully announces the untimely passing of Selena Shilad, the organization’s long-time executive director, after a brief illness. Selena served the Alliance with distinction since its inception in 2007, and ascended to the role of executive director within a year. She was just 45 years old at the time of her passing.

    Ed Bolen, chair of the Alliance for Aviation Across America, said, “Selena will be remembered for her unwavering commitment in her role as a tireless, passionate, resourceful and effective coalition builder and aviation advocate, whose generosity enriched the lives of those of us fortunate enough to know her. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with her beloved daughter, Amaya, her parents, Shafi and Karen, and her brother, Justin.”

    As executive director of the Alliance, Selena built lasting relationships with leading transportation and aviation organizations, as well as a coalition of over 7,000 members, including individuals, businesses, chambers of commerce, elected officials, airports, agricultural and charitable organizations across the country.

    Prior to joining the Alliance, Selena coordinated initiatives and high-profile campaigns for leading corporate and non-profit clients in the transportation, defense, telecommunication, and education sectors. She also directed communications for a number of political campaigns, including in Arizona and Texas, and previously worked for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), focusing on healthcare, banking, housing and trade issues.

    She received two master’s degrees, one from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and the other from the University of Chicago, with a focus on public opinion and international relations.

    Selena’s many accomplishments and remarkable gifts ensure her memory will live on in those who love and miss her. 

    About the Alliance for Aviation Across America:

    Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit coalition of over 7,000 individuals, businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interests of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.


    Devin Osting