Alex Wagner is the Aerospace Industries Association’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and the Senior Advisor to the President.
Wagner joined AIA after serving nearly seven years in the Department of Defense, most recently as Chief of Staff to the 22nd Secretary of the Army. As principal strategic adviser to the Secretary of the Army, Wagner provided policy, communications, legislative, and managerial direction, while also guiding the Army’s civilian and military leadership with respect to the priorities, initiatives and plans of the Secretary. In prior appointments within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Wagner represented the Pentagon to the interagency, seeking to forge consensus on controversial issues where the law is either unclear or undefined – particularly with respect to detention, drones, landmines, and autonomous technologies – while engaging internationally at two high-profile treaty negotiations at the United Nations, including as the primary Defense Department negotiator and as deputy head of the U.S. delegation.
Previously, Wagner managed Uber’s global policy development team, practiced law at K&L Gates in Seattle, and served in various capacities on four U.S. presidential campaigns. Prior to law school, he worked as a reporter and policy analyst for the Arms Control Association, a national security think tank in Washington, D.C.
Wagner was awarded the Army’s Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2017 and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2015. In addition, he was named one of the best lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2012, and he is a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. Wagner received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law, where he has taught as an adjunct professor since 2011.