2020 Virtual Conference Speakers


American Association of Airport Executives, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Spencer Dickerson is the Senior Executive Vice President for Global Operations for the American Association of Airport Executives. He has served in senior AAAE management positions since 1981. He oversees all aspects of AAAE’s international programs and the U.S. Contract Tower Association. He holds a bachelor degree in economics and history from Coe College and a master’s degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University. Spencer and his wife Carol reside in Alexandria and have a daughter who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  Chief of Staff to Administrator

Mandy Gunasekara is a veteran Republican strategist and communicator with extensive experience in environmental issues. Most recently, Mrs. Gunasekara founded the Energy 45 Fund, a Jackson, Mississippi-based non-profit dedicated to informing the public about the energy, environmental and economic gains made under the Trump Administration.

Prior to Energy 45, Mrs. Gunasekara served as EPA’s Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. While at EPA, she spearheaded many of the Trump Administration’s greatest energy and environmental policy achievements, including the Affordable Clean Energy rule. Mrs. Gunaskera also previously served as Majority Counsel for Chairman Inhofe, where she led committee actions and policy development on Clean Air Act and climate change issues.

A native Mississippian, Mandy earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. from Mississippi College.