Trish Gilbert has served as the NATCA’s 7th Executive Vice President since she was elected in Sept. 2009. Gilbert was re-elected to a fourth 3-year term in July 2018.
Working with NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, Gilbert has helped lead & oversee NATCA’s comprehensive efforts to build successful working relationships with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), the aviation industry, & members of Congress that have resulted in excellent
progress on aviation safety. Efforts include serving on many boards & committees: the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), the Aero Club of Washington Board of Governors, the National Aeronautic Association Board of
Directors, Director of the NATCA Charitable Foundation, the Vice Chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Air Traffic Services Committee & the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) representative to the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems panel (RPASP) at the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Gilbert also sits on the AFL-CIO Political, Legislative/Policy Committee, & the Committee on Women Workers. She is currently the Labor Chair on the FAA National Employee Involvement Committee, which is tasked with modeling collaborative behavior, providing leadership, & sharing best practices.
In May 2020, Gilbert was appointed to the Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB). The WIAAB was established under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The purpose is to develop strategies & recommendations that would encourage women & girls to enter the field of aviation. The objective is to promote organizations & programs that are providing education, training, mentorship, outreach, & recruitment of women for positions in the aviation industry.
Prior to election as NATCA EVP, Gilbert worked 21 years as an air traffic controller at Houston Center.