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Alaska Airlines announces new director of government affairs in Washington, D.C.

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines has named Kate Geldaker as its director of government affairs, effective August 10. Geldaker will be based in Washington, D.C. where she will represent Alaska Airlines before key policymakers at the federal level, including a key focus on Capitol Hill.

“Kate will serve in a key role for the company in Washington, D.C.  She brings extensive Capitol Hill experience, aviation policy knowledge, and a passion for our airline,” said Megan Ouellette, Alaska’s managing director of government affairs. “We are thrilled to welcome Kate and know she will create an immediate positive impact for the company in D.C.” 

Geldaker is no stranger to aviation, the Pacific Northwest, or the state of Alaska. Previously, she served as deputy director of congressional affairs at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Prior to that, Geldaker was a senior legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, advising on matters related to tourism, aviation and technology. In addition, Geldaker held multiple positions with former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska.

She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s in public administration from George Washington University. Geldaker is originally from Ketchikan, Alaska. Learn more at

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska’s award-winning service and unmatched reliability at and Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

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