Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison Selected as Executive Director of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) proudly announces the selection of Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison as its new Executive Director. She will assume her role effective April 1. With 47 years of distinguished professional aviation and business experience, including 30 years in leadership roles, Vanessa brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for driving positive change within the industry.

“We’re excited to welcome Vanessa into the role of Executive Director,” comments Board Chair, Tennesse Garvey. "Her depth of experience and longtime support of OBAP makes her the right person to lead OBAP into the future.”

Before joining OBAP, Vanessa served as a Change Advisor and Leadership Coach (PCC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Aviation Safety – Change Management Services Branch – AFB 160. In this capacity, she provided invaluable guidance and support to executives and senior leaders, focusing on inter-agency and national change efforts to enhance organizational performance and resolve business issues.

Vanessa's illustrious career spans various roles, including her tenure at United Airlines as the Manager of Emergency Procedures Training for pilots and flight attendants worldwide. Notably, she played a pivotal role in fostering diversity within the aviation sector, holding the position of Human Resources – Senior Staff Specialist responsible for recruiting minority and female pilots.

As a long-term volunteer and leader within OBAP, Vanessa previously served as the organization's first female, non-pilot Board Chair, where she championed initiatives to promote inclusivity and organizational excellence. For the past five years, she has held the esteemed position of Chair of the Board of Advisors, further solidifying her commitment to advancing the organization's mission. Vanessa will pass the baton to current Board Vice Chair, Randall Rochon, who will assume the role of Chair effective Apr 1, 2024. 

In addition to her professional achievements, Vanessa is deeply involved in various philanthropic endeavors, having served on the Board of Trustees for the Civil Air Patrol Foundation and as Chair of the Board of Directors for Her Many Voices Foundation. She is also a dedicated coach for Grad Life Choices, empowering individuals to reach their full potential.

Vanessa holds an MBA, and earned a BA in Public Relations from the University of Southern California, along with certifications in professional coaching and change management. She is an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and a faculty member for Coach A and Coach U.

"It is an honor to join OBAP as Executive Director," said Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison. "I am committed to building upon the organization's legacy of excellence and fostering opportunities for Black professionals in the aerospace industry."

Vanessa resides in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband Tony of 39 years. She is the proud mother of two adult children and one cherished grandchild.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact Candace Williams-Brown at press@obap.org