Craig Fuller served on the board of AEAC, the board of Redbird Flight Simulations, the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and formerly served on the Management Advisory Council for the FAA. He was formerly the President and CEO of AOPA from January 2009 until September 2013. He was only the fourth person to hold this position since AOPA was founded in 1939. He brought to that position a career that includes senior public affairs positions in business, association leadership, and executive positions in the federal government, including eight years of service in the White House from 1981 to 1989. As AOPA president, Craig Fuller led the largest and most influential aviation organization in the world. AOPA membership has grown to more than 400,000, a number that represents more than two thirds of all certificated pilots in the United States. With a staff of more than 200 professionals and operations in two states and the District of Columbia, AOPA provides a wide variety of services to its members worldwide.
No stranger to politics and Capitol Hill, Fuller moves through the halls of Congress and the administration in Washington as often as he visits airports and pilots around the country. He was the chairman of AOPA’s Political Action Committee, an important role to ensure that elected officials who defend general aviation receive support from the pilot community. Additionally, he testifies and engages in other forums at the national and state level to represent the interests of general aviation. In addition to the role of communicating to and on behalf of the membership, Fuller spends time reaching out to broader audiences who benefit from but do not fully understand the role general aviation plays in the lives of millions of Americans. Whether recruiting new pilots or just helping business leaders and others understand how general aviation works for them, Fuller is a vocal ambassador for the advantages of general aviation. While most of the role of AOPA President involves work inside the United States, Fuller was also elected and served as president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations, representing 66 national AOPA organizations with more than 470,000 pilot members around the world. His responsibilities at AOPA include serving as the publisher of AOPA Pilot, the world’s largest and most influential aviation publication.
For all of this, Craig Fuller draws on his Washington, D.C., experience as assistant to President Reagan for Cabinet Affairs (1981 -1985) and chief of staff to Vice President Bush (1985 - 1989). His business positions have included service as president or vice chairman of leading public affairs firms. His association experience includes service on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leading a health care association as president and CEO for more than six years. Fuller is a frequent speaker on aviation, advocacy, and leadership topics throughout the United States.