Melinda Pagliarello

Senior Director, Environmental Affairs


Field of Expertise:

Environmental, Sustainability, Financial Feasibility and Investment, Security, Planning, Regulatory Policy


Melinda Pagliarello is Director, Environmental Affairs at ACI-NA. In this role, she has primary responsibility for ACI-NA’s activities in aviation environmental matters and sustainability. She monitors and reports on international and federal agency actions, programs, requirements, research and regulations affecting environmental matters for airports and aviation at North American airports.

Specific areas of focus within Melinda’s portfolio include airport noise; land use policies; air and water quality; airport sustainability initiatives; wildlife and natural resources management; and the range of environmental regulations, policies, and procedures that affect airports in the U.S. and Canada.

Melinda has approximately 15 years of experience in the airport industry. Prior to joining ACI-NA in 2017, she was with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led projects for the FAA’s Office of Environment and Energy, and Systems Operations, as well ACRP projects related to air quality and common performance metrics. Melinda has also worked for LeighFisher, PBS&J, and Landrum & Brown. Her varied background includes work in strategic/ business planning, land use planning, financial feasibility studies, benefit-cost analyses, as well as environmental and master planning. She has worked with a range of clients at the federal (FAA and TSA) and state/local levels, from large hubs to general aviation airports.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and a master’s degree in Transportation Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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