Mark Baker has been flying for more than 35 years, using airplanes for fun, commuting, and business. With more than 7,500 hours in the left seat and a commercial pilot certificate with single and multiengine land and seaplane ratings, rotorcraft rating, and type ratings in the Cessna Citation 500 and 525s, Mark’s favorite plane is a Piper Super Cub he’s owned for more than 25 years. Before taking the helm at AOPA, Mark had a distinguished career in top leadership positions at companies including The Home Depot, Gander Mountain, and Orchard Supply Hardware.
Jim is responsible for the implementation of AOPA’s political, legislative, and regulatory initiatives before Congress, federal agencies, and State Legislatures.
Jim has over three decades of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry. He held the role of staff director for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and also as the majority staff director for the House Aviation Subcommittee. Additionally, Jim served in leadership roles for the National Air Transportation Association, The Boeing Company and the Air Transport Association (now A4A).
Jim received a degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and Virginia Army National Guard. Jim is a student pilot.
Tim is responsible for overseeing AOPA Insurance Services, AOPA Aviation Finance, Pilot Information Services, Flight Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Office Services and Facilities.
Prior to joining AOPA in 2008, Tim served in a variety of executive strategic planning, operations, and human resources positions for organizations including The American Red Cross, The Rowe Companies, The Virginia Department of Transportation, and McCrory Stores.
He attended the College of Insurance in New York City, graduated from Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska, and completed graduate work in Organization Development at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Tim is a private pilot.
Jonathan has worked as a senior level communications executive and trusted advisor in both the private and public sectors. His experience runs from the newsroom to the corporate board room and from the White House press room down the hall to the Situation Room.
Jonathan joined AOPA from the National Security Agency, where he served as NSA’s Chief of Strategic Communications, and was brought in to help the intelligence agency reintroduce itself to the American public following the leaks of Edward Snowden. Jonathan has worked at Fortune 30-250 companies, positioning major brands like State Farm and Aflac Insurance, as well as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, so they can be better understood by consumers and other stakeholders – also guiding them in times of crisis. He was the Director of Corporate Communications for US Airways when Captain Sully Sullenberger and crew landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.
Jonathan has 20 years of journalism experience including working as a correspondent for CBS News and CNN where he also did aviation reporting. Jonathan is a private pilot and the proud owner of a Van’s RV-12. He is earning aircraft maintenance certificates believing that if you fly it, you should know something about how to fix it.
An award-winning author, Haines was named editor in chief of AOPA Pilot in 1994. Under his leadership, AOPA has expanded its media properties to include Flight Training magazine and a host of electronic media. He is the co-anchor of the weekly video magazine AOPA Live This Week. His staff also manages AOPA’s presence at regional fly-ins and air shows.
He holds an MBA and a BA in Journalism. He is a 3,500-hour Commercial pilot with multiengine, instrument, and seaplane ratings, and holds type ratings in Eclipse 500 and Cessna CJ business jets and a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25. He owns a Beech A36 Bonanza.
Jiri serves as the head of marketing and membership overseeing member services, advertising, partnerships, websites, social media and products. Prior to joining AOPA, Jiri led the global digital marketing for Brand USA. Previous to Brand USA, Jiri served in executive leadership and was a partner at several global advertising agencies, leading digital marketing and innovation for Kellogg’s, LL Bean, Unilever, Nestle, Briggs & Stratton, GE, CycleOps, SC Johnson, and Kohler. Jiri was also the founder of several technology startups working with brands such as Harley-Davidson.
He is a motorcycle enthusiast and a pilot that started flying after getting inspired by a fellow rider and pilot to take his intro flight.
Ken Mead has served as AOPA’s General Counsel since 2013 and Board Secretary since 2014. Ken’s staff also manages AOPA’s Legal Services Plan. Before joining AOPA, he was Special Counsel for the law firm of Baker Botts and served under the Clinton and Bush Administrations as Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which included the FAA. Ken has testified before the Congress on more than 250 occasions. He is a veteran of U.S. Navy Submarine Service and a student pilot.
He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
As leader of AOPA’s aviation strategy and programs division, Katie is responsible for its You Can Fly program and the Air Safety Institute. Under the You Can Fly umbrella, Katie and her team are building initiatives designed to get lapsed pilots back in the air, provide more affordable access to aviation through flying clubs, support best practices in flight training, and introduce high school students to aviation. The AOPA Air Safety Institute has been producing free programs with the goal of helping pilots fly safer for more than 60 years. From groundbreaking online courses, to popular live seminars and videos, ASI covers the spectrum of aviation safety education.
Katie earned a degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and flew the Canadair Regional Jet with Atlantic Coast Airlines/Independence Air before serving as the director of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Katie is also a CFI and rated seaplane pilot. Her idea of the perfect weekend involves flying her 1956 Cessna 180 Skywagon in her home state of Montana.
Erica is responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the Association. Erica joined AOPA in July 2009 as the Accounting Manager and in March 2013 was promoted to SVP-Finance and Accounting. Before joining AOPA, Erica was the Accounting Manager for National Public Radio for eight years. Prior to that, Erica started her career with Price Waterhouse as an auditor of the federal government and non-profit organizations.
She graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in May 1994.