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Longtime Government Affairs Leader to Depart NATCA After 20 Years of Service

NATCA’s Director of Government Affairs Jose Ceballos has announced that he will be leaving our Union as of March 5 to pursue a new professional opportunity. Jose has been an integral part of NATCA’s political and legislative efforts for 20 years and his contributions to NATCA’s successes in those areas have been invaluable. Jose’s leadership of the Government Affairs Department resulted in many significant achievements by department staff, working with leadership and activists, on behalf of NATCA’s members and the organization.

Jose was raised in a union family. His grandmother — the matriarch of his family, who facilitated the immigration into the United States of his mom and dad and entire family — was a proud member of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199. Jose found being a member of NATCA’s staff very rewarding and enjoyed interacting with our Union’s members and their ‘can do’ mentality. His favorite memory of his time at NATCA remains working to get our membership “out” of the White Book.

About Jose, Paul said, “Success in Washington, D.C., and particularly on Capitol Hill, is all about relationships, and there has been nobody better at forming, growing, and strengthening relationships on both sides of the aisle than Jose. This Union has been incredibly fortunate and well-served to have Jose leading our robust government affairs efforts for 20 years, which is more than half of the life of NATCA itself. His record of legislative successes for NATCA will forever be a part of our rich and wonderful history. I can’t thank him enough for his efforts on behalf of our membership, our represented professions, and the safety of the National Airspace System.”

Trish added, “Before I was elected Executive Vice President and serving as the National Legislative Committee Chair, I had the privilege of working closely with and getting to know Jose. He is one of the most savvy political, legislative, and government affairs professionals in the business. He is on 24/7 as his passion for achieving the best results for the members of our Union never wavers. We thank him for his service and extreme loyalty. He will always be a member of the NATCA family and hold a special place in my heart. We will miss him immensely, but wish him great success and happiness in his future endeavors and opportunities.”

NATCA’s National Legislative Committee (NLC) Chair Richard Kennington agreed, “We are sorry to see Jose leave us, but we are excited for the opportunities that lay in front of him. His talents, knowledge, and expertise have helped to guide NATCA to new heights of respect and admiration on Capitol Hill, and we were fortunate to have been able to claim him as one of our own. His personality and charisma made him popular with our activists. He will be missed at events such as NATCA in Washington, legislative classes, or Mini Lobby Weeks where his leadership endeared him to our members. Jose will always bleed NATCA and as his influence expands with this new move, we look forward to working with him in this new capacity.” 

NATCA’s NLC Vice-Chair Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik concluded, “As a young activist, I admired Jose’s work ethic and was impressed by his grasp of knowledge surrounding the issues most important to NATCA. During my years on the NLC, I’ve gotten to work more closely with him and have greatly appreciated his level of dedication and commitment. He has always made time for our members. Jose truly understood the power of our collective voice and used it to its fullest extent to forward NATCA’s legislative agenda. I have learned a great deal from him personally over the years, and feel so fortunate that our members have had his expertise and experience for so long. We wish him much success in his future endeavors and will miss him tremendously.”

NATCA thanks Jose for his years of dedication and commitment to NATCA, its members, and its mission. We wish him much success in his new professional position!

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