Release #: 22.36
October 19, 2022

ALPA Elects New National Officer Team

Capt. Jason Ambrosi Elected ALPA President, Capt. Wendy Morse Elected First Female National Officer

LAS VEGAS—The Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today elected new national officers to lead the world’s largest pilot union for the next four years. The election took place during the union’s 49th biennial Board meeting.

“Today, ALPA’s highest governing body has spoken, and this is democracy in action. I am confident that the new officers will seize the opportunity to advance our profession for the next four years,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA’s current president.

Capt. Jason Ambrosi, a Delta Air Lines pilot and current chair of the Delta Master Executive Council, was elected to serve as the union’s 12th president. Capt. Ambrosi is based in Atlanta, Ga., where he flies the Boeing 757 and 767 and will begin his term on January 1, 2023.

“As the airline industry puts the pandemic in the rearview mirror, I look forward to building a strong team that will chart a new course for our union. Over the next four years, my goal is to get back to basics and return ALPA to a member-focused representation style. Building on 91 years of leadership, together we will continue to enhance aviation safety, pattern bargain contracts to advance the profession for pilot groups large and small, protect pilot jobs, and improve the quality of lives for members and their families. I am honored and humbled to lead ALPA during such a pivotal time in our history” said ALPA’s president-elect.

ALPA’s Board elected Capt. Wendy Morse as the union’s first vice president. Capt. Morse is the Association’s first female national officer. She flies the Boeing 787 and is currently chair of the United local executive council in Chicago, where she has been a volunteer for decades. “It is truly an honor to help lead the world’s largest pilots union. Our Association’s legacy of advancing our profession is something I look forward to continuing for all ALPA pilots. I am grateful to ALPA’s Board of Directors for entrusting me with this responsibility as we work together on making significant advancements for our profession,” said Morse.

Capt. Tyler Hawkins was elected as ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary. A Frontier pilot, he currently serves on ALPA’s Executive Council and flies the A320. “I am honored to continue the great commitment of representing ALPA pilots as we work together to navigate our future,” said Hawkins.

ALPA’s Board of Directors also elected JetBlue Capt. Wes Clapper as vice president–finance/treasurer. Based in Los Angeles, Capt. Clapper flies the A320 and currently serves on the Association’s Executive Council. “It is a true honor to be elected as the steward of ALPA’s finances. I am humbled by this opportunity entrusted to me, and am committed to ensuring that ALPA leaders have the resources needed to assist their members,” said Clapper.

The term for ALPA’s new national officers will begin on January 1, 2023.

ALPA’s Board also elected a new roster of 10 executive vice presidents who, along with the four national officers and the ALPA Canada president, make up ALPA’s Executive Council. The Executive Council oversees fiscal and budgetary matters for the union and participates in policy decisions.

The new executive vice presidents are: Capt. Joe Youngerman (Alaska), Capt. Bill Bartels (Delta), Capt. Bill Secord (FedEx), Capt. Jim Bigham (JetBlue), Capt. Sean Creed (Spirit), Capt. Bill Neveu (United), Capt. Jeffrey Hicks (Frontier), Capt. Douglas Grant (Hawaiian), Capt. Jade Schiewe (Endeavor), and Capt. Claude Buraglia (Jazz Aviation).

WestJet Capt. Tim Perry was also reelected as ALPA Canada president and retains his seat on the Executive Council.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 65,000 pilots at 40 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit or follow us on Twitter @ALPAPilots.


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