NATCA Executive Vice President

Trish Gilbert has served as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's seventh Executive Vice President since she was elected in September 2009. In March 2012, Gilbert was re-elected by acclamation to a second three-year term. In March 2015, Gilbert was re-elected, again by acclamation, to serve a third, three-year term. Gilbert is the first in NATCA's history to serve three-terms as Executive Vice President. 

That is not, however, the first time Gilbert and NATCA President Paul Rinaldi have made history; though NATCA’s top two positions are elected separately, in 2009 they campaigned for their respective positions as a team, which had never been done.

Working as a team with NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, Gilbert has helped lead and oversee NATCA’s comprehensive efforts to build successful working relationships with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), the aviation industry, the AFL-CIO, and members of Congress which have resulted in excellent progress on aviation safety. Her efforts include serving on many boards and committees: the FAA/NATCA Collaborative Steering Committee, the Aero Club of Washington Board of Governors, Director of the NATCA Charitable Foundation and as the Vice Chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Air Traffic Services Committee. Gilbert also sits on the AFL-CIO Political Committee, Legislative/Policy Committee, and the Committee on Women Workers. She is also the former Labor Chair of the FAA Labor Management Forum, which was tasked with modeling collaborative behavior, providing leadership, sharing best practices and developing templates regarding pre-decisional involvement and cooperation.

Prior to election as NATCA EVP, Gilbert worked 21 years as an air traffic controller at Houston Center, and served in many activist roles within the union. They included Facility Representative, Southwest Region Chair of NATCA’s National Legislative Committee and Chair of the National Legislative Committee. She also chaired NATCA’s National Organizing Committee, served as NATCA Charitable Foundation Vice President and then, the Foundation’s President.

Trish Gilbert resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, John, a retired air traffic controller who also served as NATCA representative at Houston Center, arbitration advocate and the National OWCP Committee Chair. They are the proud parents of daughter, Jenna, and son, John Colby.