National Security Roundtable: The Future of Travel Post COVID-19
Date & Time:
Tuesday, March 30, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Join GBTA and Cornerstone Government Affairs for an interactive conversation with aviation experts as they explore the policies and programs needed to regain the confidence of the traveling public. Speakers will share their unique perspectives on how the aviation industry will grow from the COVID-19 pandemic and capitalize on the innovative opportunities that await the industry, driving the future of a touchless travel experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Kelli Ann Burriesci
Acting Under Secretary, Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Deputy Staff Director
U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Republican Staff
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety Policy
Department of Transportation
Roncevert (Ronce) Ganan Almond
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Cornerstone Government Affairs
Member / Nonmember: $0
GBTA’s Ready. Safe. Travel. (RST) advocacy campaign premiered in November 2020 as the Association’s effort to unite the global business travel industry. The purpose of this programming is to educate the industry on the evolution of business travel as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
KELLI ANN BURRIESCI was named the Acting Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy and Plans (PLCY) on January 20, 2021. In this role, she is responsible for Department-wide policy development, coordination, and implementation, and oversees several national and international programs. Reporting through the Under Secretary are five Assistant Secretary-led teams: Border Security and Immigration; Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention; Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, Risk, and Resilience; International Affairs; and Trade and Economic Security.
Ms. Burriesci joined the Department of Homeland Security in 2007 and has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2012. She was selected in May 2019 to serve as the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) first Assistant Administrator for Enrollment Services and Vetting Programs. In that role, she leads TSA’s enrollment, vetting, credentialing, and prescreening programs and services across aviation, air cargo, maritime, surface and other sectors, to include TSA’s Trusted Traveler and Registered Traveler programs.
Prior to joining TSA, Ms. Burriesci served as the Department’s Senior Executive and Principal Deputy Director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Screening Center, the U.S. Government’s multi-agency, counterterrorism watchlisting component.
Ms. Burriesci has previously served as the Department’s first career Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Screening Coordination Office. Serving more than 10 years in multiple leadership roles for the Department, Ms. Burriesci has led and developed security policies for both domestic and international initiatives related to immigration, border, transportation, document security, and access to critical infrastructure. She also led the international Visa Waiver Program and national REAL ID program offices.
Ms. Burriesci holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York Binghamton.
KYLE KLEIN is the Deputy Staff Director for the House Committee on Homeland Security Republican Staff, where he oversees all aspects of the Ranking Member’s legislative and strategic agenda. A seasoned Capitol Hill veteran, Mr. Klein has served on the Homeland Security Committee for nearly a decade under four Republican Leads. Having previously directed the Committee’s transportation, maritime, and protective security portfolios, Kyle has years of experience spearheading oversight of the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and the United States Secret Service. A leader on Capitol Hill for investigations related to insider threats to aviation security, major technology acquisitions, and evolving terrorist threats, Kyle’s legislative accomplishments include the TSA Modernization Act, the first-ever reauthorization of the Transportation Security Administration, as well as numerous laws reforming TSA PreCheck, airport access controls, foreign airport security initiatives, and technology procurement. Mr. Klein holds his Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, the nation’s only graduate school operated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He also sits on the board of an international nonprofit organization supporting rescue efforts for victims of sex and labor trafficking.
ROBIN HUTCHESON is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Safety Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to being appointed to the Biden-Harris Administration, she was the Director of Public Works for the City of Minneapolis, where she focused on leveraging public right of way investments for broader equity, environmental, and economic outcomes. She served as the Transportation Director for Salt Lake City, UT, working to improve all modes of transportation. Robin was also a consultant specializing in transportation and transit, and has worked in cities throughout the western United States, in London and France, and for the European Union Commission on Sustainability. She believes deeply in collaboration, partnership, and communication, and brings these values in to her daily work. Robin served for seven years on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Transportation Officials (NACTO), most recently serving as its President. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
While originally from the Nutmeg State, she and her husband Dave enjoyed decades in Salt Lake City, and have called Minneapolis home for the last four years.
RONCE ALMOND is Senior Counsel at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA). He serves as the senior majority staffer on the Subcommittee on Aviation, Operations, and Innovation, which has jurisdiction over civil aviation, including: safety; security; technology; engineering; manufacturing; infrastructure; consumer protection; research and development; airspace, and international aviation matters.
Prior to joining the Senate, Ronce was a partner at law firm devoted to aerospace, transportation, and security matters. He has led and participated in technical assistance projects across the globe, advising government authorities and operators on achieving compliance with U.S. and international law, as well as best practices in aviation regulation and governance. Ronce also worked with the United Nations, where he served on the Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
Ronce is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. He 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.
SCOTT KIRBY is chief executive officer of United Airlines. He served as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and was responsible for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management. As president, he played a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation and executing the company’s strategic growth plan.
Prior to joining United, Scott was president of American Airlines from 2013 to 2016 and president of US Airways from 2006 to 2013. He is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and accomplished three-decade-long career in significant leadership roles within the airline industry. Scott started his career at the Pentagon and in the technology sector. Scott has bachelor’s degrees in computer science and operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in operations research from George Washington University. He is married and has six children.
SUZANNE NEUFANG is a transformation-focused executive who has successfully led teams and product/service innovation through times of great challenges and change – “connecting dots” in technology, marketing, talent and customer needs to exceed sales, revenue, customer adoption/retention, and employee engagement goals.
Suzanne was named to lead the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in February 2021, where she oversees the association’s staff and services, providing value to members, sponsors and partners, and where she also leads the organization’s and industry’s recovery from recent pandemic challenges.
TODD WEBSTER joined Cornerstone in early 2016. He advises corporate, nonprofit, international and professional sports clients on how to engage with policymakers, influence public opinion and wage successful campaigns in Washington. Todd combines nine years as a senior Senate staffer, six years running his own public affairs firm and four years working on political campaigns. He has worked for five U.S. senators and served as deputy communications director for the Gore 2000 and Gore Lieberman campaigns, managing surrogate communication. He was also a producer for MSNBC’s “Equal Time with Ollie North and Paul Begala” and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, as well as penning op-eds for the Washington Post.