LAWA Airport Management

Michelle Schwartz, Chief External Affairs Officer

Michelle Schwartz

As Deputy Executive Director and Chief of External Affairs, Schwartz oversees Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Government Affairs, Public & Media Relations, Community Relations, and Business, Jobs and Social Responsibility Divisions.

Schwartz joined LAWA in September 2018, bringing extensive experience in government and in the private sector. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Government Affairs for Charter Communications, where she developed, coordinated and implemented government and community affairs strategies.

Prior to her work with Charter, Schwartz served as Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, where she provided advice on the management of a $16.3 billion budget and more than 47,000 employees. As Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, she assisted with securing more than $60 billion in Federal funds to rebuild New Jersey and New York after Superstorm Sandy and with obtaining justice for the families of the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.

Earlier in her career, she was Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and a litigation attorney.

Schwartz is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School.

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