Jason Yaley is the Vice President for Membership & Strategic Development at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the leading advocacy organization for the aerospace and defense industry. In this role, he leads AIA’s membership engagement and industry development programs to over 340 member companies – ranging from multinational prime contractors to family owned businesses. He also oversees AIA’s business development efforts and the Supplier Management Council, a forum for senior supply chain officials to address issues impacting the aerospace and defense supply chain.
Prior to his current position, Yaley served as Assistant Vice President for Communications at AIA where he oversaw the association’s communication programs, including industry and issue advocacy. Before joining AIA, he was a career civil servant with the Department of Defense, most recently serving as the Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff, where as a Principal Advisor and Counselor to a member of the Joint Chiefs, he led the development and execution of communication and government relations strategies on Service initiatives and oversaw many of the Service’s strategic partnership efforts with the aerospace and defense industry, along with international, legislative, and corporate stakeholders. His government service included work at every level of the Department, where he contributed to major Departmental and Service initiatives ranging from congressional relations and strategic planning to public-private partnerships.
Yaley holds a Master of Public Administration and Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies, both from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, along with Bachelors Degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Syracuse. He is the recipient of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, along with the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the Service’s highest civilian award. He also was recognized for the creation of a military care-package initiative with the Generation Orange Award of Syracuse University, where he serves as Director on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.