Aerospace group names new executive director

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, an industry advocacy group, has a new executive director.

Impact Washington’s Bob Uptagrafft is stepping into the head role at PNAA, while his predecessor, Melanie Jordan, is now the group’s chief operating officer.

Uptagrafft has been a PNAA board member for five years and has spent 10 years with Impact Washington, a non-profit organization that supports manufacturing in the state. He serves as the Mukilteo-based organization’s project manager and aerospace industry specialist.

“Bob possesses broad aerospace and manufacturing experience, making him the ideal choice to lead PNAA into the future. We’re all delighted that he’ll be joining PNAA as executive director and look forward to working with him,” JC Hall, chairman of PNAA’s board of directors, said in a news release.

Uptagrafft’s first task in his new role is attending the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom this month. PNAA expects to announce “a key alliance with another leading aerospace industry association” at the event, according to the news release.

“Melanie Jordan established a great reputation as our first executive director and I am privileged to follow her into this position,” Uptagrafft said.

In her new role, Jordan will focus on expanding PNAA’s strategic influence by developing new programs.

“These changes bring together the strengths of each executive, giving PNAA long term strategic planning and operational development which supports the growth of the organization,” Hall said.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.

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