Event Details

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

U.S. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION: Briefing with The Honorable Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs

Event Information

Date & time

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
09:30 am - 11:00 am


Washington, DC


Spencer Cresswell at +1-646-250-7012 or scresswell@bciu.org

This event is a breakfast briefing featuring The Honorable Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation, and team, on aviation and international trade priorities.

Additional hosting opportunities available. 

For more information, please contact Spencer Cresswell at scresswell@bciu.org or +1-646-250-7012.


Biographical Information

As the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs (A&I/A), Joel Szabat leads staff that: negotiates agreements for US air carriers to operate internationally; licenses all foreign and domestic air carriers to operate in the United States; rules on airline merger and joint venture requests; manages the Essential Air Service and Small Community Air Service Development grant programs; and coordinates international activities and policy for the Secretary across the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Szabat was the Executive Director of the Maritime Administration, from 2012, before joining A&I/A in January, 2018. 

Mr. Szabat joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2002. His previous positions include DAS, Transportation Policy, and DAS, Management and Budget. He was the federal official responsible for DOT’s $48.1 billion share of the Recovery Act in 2009. In 2005, he oversaw the US government’s reconstruction of Iraqi airports, ports and railroads. Mr. Szabat was the Chief of Staff for the Small Business Administration from 2006-2008, after which he returned to DOT. 

During the Cold War Mr. Szabat commanded tank units along the East-West German border. He has worked as a management consultant in the private sector, as a transportation staffer in the California State legislature, and in the US Environmental Protection Agency. He graduated from Georgetown University and Harvard Business School. His wife, Chiling Tong, is a prominent Asian Pacific American activist. Together they established a foundation to promote the civic awareness, involvement and effectiveness of Asian Pacific Americans.