Jacqueline Lewis, from the shoulders up. She has light skin and shoulder length blonde hair. She is wearing a plaid business suit and is facing the viewer and is smiling.
Photo credit: David Rosenblum, PHL Airport

Philadelphia’s Department of Aviation appoints Deputy Director of External Affairs

With 25 years of experience in legal teams and working with Philadelphia’s youth leaders, Jacqueline Lewis joins the City in a senior management position.


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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation — the operators of the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) — announced the creation of the position of Deputy Director of External Affairs, to be filled by Jacqueline Lewis.

In the newly created role, Lewis will manage the government affairs, community engagement, and communications teams. Her responsibilities include driving strategic engagement and outreach efforts to local, state, and federal government officials, community leaders, and key stakeholders.

In addition, she will also oversee their external affairs strategy development and implementation, help advance policy goals, increase awareness of both airports, improve guests' experience, and create innovative ideas to create a better future.

Her position will report to the Chief Administrative Officer Delicsha Wilds, and is a member of both airports' senior management. Lewis brings 25 years of experience in legal analysis, problem solving, relationship building, and administration.

“We are excited to welcome Jackie to the PHL and PNE team,” said Department of Aviation Chief Executive Officer Atif Saeed

“Her leadership, knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the Department of Aviation as we continue to strengthen our relationships with elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders and promote the work that is taking place at our airports to enhance guests’ experience,” he continued.

Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Lewis led the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Keepers program, where she oversaw the training of young leaders in Philadelphia as they were educated on city-wide issues, taught a variety of skills such as leadership, team-building, and storytelling, and were connected with other LEADERSHIP members and alumni.

Additionally, she has served as surety counsel at Zurich and Reliance Insurance companies, where she would troubleshoot complex construction and performance bond disputes alongside a team of accountants, engineers, and lawyers.

“With so many high-visibility events on the horizon, from the FIFA World Cup to America’s 250th, and nearly two billion dollars in capital development in the pipeline, I am tremendously excited to join this stellar team,” said Lewis. 

“Under the leadership of our new CEO Atif Saeed, we are committed to create exceptional customer experience and community engagement one human interaction at a time. One conversation at a time I am building deep, meaningful connections with our stakeholders for the benefit of PHL and our beautiful shared city,” she continued.


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