Director of Aviation Services James Bennett
James E. Bennett, A.A.E., was named Director of Aviation Services for the City of Phoenix in August 2015, bringing decades of international aviation expertise and a strategic understanding of Phoenix after previously working for the city.
In a career spanning nearly 35 years, Bennett has served as president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, operating Ronald Reagan Washington National, Washington Dulles International Airports, as well as working in private industry as chief executive officer for the Abu Dhabi Airports Company overseeing five airports within in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and president of his own consulting firm providing consultation for both foreign and domestic transportation companies. He was also assistant aviation director at Sky Harbor from 1988 to 1996.
Bennett has a Bachelor’s of Aviation Management from Auburn University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan. His numerous professional affiliations including being the former chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives and past president of the Arizona Airports Association.