Captain Sean P. Cassidy, First Vice President

Captain Sean P. Cassidy (Alaska) serves as ALPA’s first vice president. He was elected on Oct. 13, 2010, at the Association’s 43rd Board of Directors meeting, and assumed office on Jan. 1, 2011. He holds the position of National Safety Coordinator, and is tasked with overseeing the Association’s Safety, Security and Pilot Assistance programs. In addition to being a frequent spokesman at a number of venues on safety issues he is also a member of the FAA Nextgen Advisory Committee Subcommittee (NACSC) as well as the DHS Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).

“ALPA’s strength comes from identifying the values we have in common as pilots around the globe, and then working constructively with our industry partners as well as our regulators and legislators to map out a safe and successful plan to meet the challenges ahead,” said Cassidy.

Cassidy has served as both chairman and vice chairman of the Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council. He was chairman of the Alaska Air Group Labor Coalition from 1999 to 2009 and has been actively involved in local and national aviation issues for over a decade. Hired by Alaska in 1996, Cassidy is a Seattle-based B-737 captain.

Prior to his airline experience, Cassidy received an officer commission in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Navy’s undergraduate pilot training and advanced jet training programs, and was assigned to Whidbey Naval Air Station from 1989 to 1995. Cassidy performed duties as a carrier-based EA-6B pilot in support of numerous military operations, including those in the Persian Gulf, and finished his naval career flying the C-9 as an officer in the reserves.

Cassidy resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Annemarie, and their two children. He has a BA from the University of Colorado.