Mark Baker has been flying for more than 35 years, using airplanes for fun, commuting, and business. With more than 10,000 hours in the left seat and a commercial pilot certificate with single and multiengine land and seaplane ratings, rotorcraft rating, and type ratings in the Cessna Citation 500 and 525s, Mark’s favorite plane is a Piper Super Cub he’s owned for more than 25 years. Before taking the helm at AOPA, Mark had a distinguished career in top leadership positions at companies including The Home Depot, Gander Mountain, and Orchard Supply Hardware.
Jim is responsible for the implementation of AOPA’s political, legislative, and regulatory initiatives before Congress, federal agencies, and State Legislatures.
Jim has over three decades of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry. He held the role of staff director for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and also as the majority staff director for the House Aviation Subcommittee. Additionally, Jim served in leadership roles for the National Air Transportation Association, The Boeing Company and the Air Transport Association (now A4A).
Jim received a degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and Virginia Army National Guard. Jim is a student pilot.
An award-winning author, Haines was named editor in chief of AOPA Pilot in 1994. Under his leadership, AOPA has expanded its media properties to include Flight Training magazine and a host of electronic media. He is the co-anchor of the weekly video magazine AOPA Live This Week. His staff also manages AOPA’s presence at regional fly-ins and air shows.
He holds an MBA and a BA in Journalism. He is a 3,500-hour Commercial pilot with multiengine, instrument, and seaplane ratings, and holds type ratings in Eclipse 500 and Cessna CJ business jets and a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25. He owns a Beech A36 Bonanza.
Jiri serves as the head of marketing and membership overseeing member services, advertising, partnerships, websites, social media and products. Prior to joining AOPA, Jiri led the global digital marketing for Brand USA. Previous to Brand USA, Jiri served in executive leadership and was a partner at several global advertising agencies, leading digital marketing and innovation for Kellogg’s, LL Bean, Unilever, Nestle, Briggs & Stratton, GE, CycleOps, SC Johnson, and Kohler. Jiri was also the founder of several technology startups working with brands such as Harley-Davidson.
He is a motorcycle enthusiast and a pilot that started flying after getting inspired by a fellow rider and pilot to take his intro flight.
Ken Mead has served as AOPA’s General Counsel since 2013 and Board Secretary since 2014. Ken’s staff also manages AOPA’s Legal Services Plan. Before joining AOPA, he was Special Counsel for the law firm of Baker Botts and served under the Clinton and Bush Administrations as Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which included the FAA. Ken has testified before the Congress on more than 250 occasions. He is a veteran of U.S. Navy Submarine Service and a student pilot.
He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Erica is responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the Association. Erica joined AOPA in July 2009 as the Accounting Manager and in March 2013 was promoted to SVP-Finance and Accounting. Before joining AOPA, Erica was the Accounting Manager for National Public Radio for eight years. Prior to that, Erica started her career with Price Waterhouse as an auditor of the federal government and non-profit organizations.
She graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in May 1994.