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Airport Roundtable welcomes new leadership

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Kelly Ronan Hafner has been chosen as the new chair of the King County Airport Roundtable. Holly Krejci is the Roundtable's new vice chair.

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Adapted from Plane Talk, our e-newsletter for people interested in what's happening at King County Airport. Subscribe here

King County International Airport-Boeing Field welcomes new leadership to the Airport Roundtable, an advisory board that makes recommendations to the airport's administrators, the King County Executive, and the King County Council. Kelly Ronan Hafner, from West Seattle, is now chair, and Holly Krejci, from Georgetown, is the new vice chair.

Hafner has served on the Roundtable since early 2020.

"I have a lifelong love and connection with aviation," Hafner said. "As I think about airports, the operations that are required to make everything work... I find it fascinating."

She added that she once lived a mile and a half from Paine Field in Everett, her dad is a flight attendant, and her husband works for the Federal Aviation Administration. In fact, she and her husband talked about airplanes on their first date.

As Roundtable chair, Hafner said she is excited about building the sense of community in the group. What is she looking forward to?

"When the Roundtable members can get together in person, do some airport tours, [and] see things in person to better understand some things the airport is facing," she said.

"One of our big things for this year is to think about how we would define KCIA as a world-class airport," she added.

Hafner added that the leadership and staff at the airport have kept operations going during severe weather and unprecedented change throughout the pandemic.

"It's a testament to how great of a team we have working for the airport," she said.

Holly Krejci, the new Roundtable vice chair, has been on the advisory board since 2016, originally drawn in by work on the Airport Master Plan. She lives across the street from the airport in Georgetown and also comes from a family with aviation background. She added that she is mindful of aviation's impacts on the environment.

"The more I understand the impact that aviation has on our climate, the more I think we have to invest in doing things differently," Krejci said. "There needs to be some urgency and accountability around that."

And why serve as vice chair?

"It was time to help," she said.

"One of the things that interests me is really helping the airport develop equity outcomes and drivers for the work they do," Krejci said. "That's going to be hard work and it has to be done in and with community, not on behalf of the community."

It's that community focus that Krejci is excited to bring to the airport's vision for the future and its work toward becoming a world class airport.

"I think we all need to collectively determine what that looks like. That's the work that I'm really excited about," Krejci said. "That's where equity and community come in. Everyone's got to come together and determine what a world-class airport looks like and see themselves in that vision."

Get more information about the Airport Roundtable here. The public is welcome to attend meetings, which are generally held the second Monday of every month at 5 p.m. Meetings are currently virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are expected to expand to a hybrid (in-person and online) format soon.

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