- Alex Burkett, Democratic Staff Director and Special Adviser on Aviation Safety, U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation
- Mike Reynolds, Deputy Policy Director for Aviation and Space, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ronce Almond, Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Moderator: T. Hunter Presti, Republican Senior Professional Staff, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives
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ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Mike Reynolds, Deputy Policy Director for Aviation and Space, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Michael Reynolds is the Deputy Policy Director for Aviation and Space on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS). Prior to joining the Commerce Committee in 2015 (under then-Chairman Thune) as aviation counsel, Mr. Reynolds was a stay-at-home parent living with his family in the Netherlands.
In 2009, Mr. Reynolds worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as an Executive Advisor to the firm’s transportation team.
Before Booz Allen, Mr. Reynolds was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs from October 2002 until January 2009. While at DOT, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for more than two years.
Before joining the DOT, Mr. Reynolds spent seven and a half years serving as aviation counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee.
In 1997, Mr. Reynolds took a six-month leave of absence from his Senate position to serve as General Counsel to the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (also known as the Mineta Commission).
Prior to joining the public sector, Mr. Reynolds worked as a litigator in a prominent law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Reynolds has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University and a law degree from the College of William and Mary.
Ronce Almond, Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
(Ronce) Ganan Almond is Counsel at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction over matters concerning interstate commerce, science and technology policy, and transportation, as well as oversight responsibilities related to aviation, space, maritime, and communications domains.
Prior to joining the Senate, Professor Almond was a partner at law firm devoted to aerospace, transportation, and national security matters. He has led and participated in technical assistance projects across the globe, advising government authorities on achieving compliance with international law and best practices in aviation regulation and governance. At the United Nations, he served on the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods charged with developing model regulations that serve as the basis for international agreements and national laws.
Professor Almond has written extensively on international law and national security, including as a contributing author to the book Aviation Regulation in the United States (2014) and editorial board member of the Air & Space Lawyer. He is a regular contributor to The Diplomat, an international affairs journal for the Asia-Pacific. His work has been published in prominent law journals, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, and Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He frequently speaks at policy and legal forums.
In addition to his Congressional career, Professor Almond has experience with the U.S. electoral politics having worked for the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He also assisted the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone and participated in the Duke-Geneva Institute for Transnational Law as well as the Joint Program in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. Professor Almond holds a J.D., cum laude, and M.A. (Political Science) from Duke University and a B.A. (History), cum laude, from George Washington University.