MICHAEL ROBBINS

Founder & COO

A veteran of Capitol Hill, Michael Robbins is no stranger to fierce legislative battles and is well versed in the art of compromise. Mr. Robbins is an effective lobbyist, spokesman, and proven strategist with executive-level management experience, whose unique crossover work in government, communications, and corporate leadership gives his clients the benefit of a tactician who can navigate them through the challenges that come with working in Washington, DC.

Mr. Robbins previously served as the Air Line Pilot Association’s Managing Director of Government and Public Affairs and delivered significant results for his association on policy, media, and branding goals. As a former leader in a major aviation trade and labor association, Mr. Robbins knows how to navigate both the corporate and labor worlds.

Before joining ALPA in 2011, Mr. Robbins spent nine years in the office of Congressman John Dingell (Mich.-15), where he served as the chief adviser. Over the course of his tenure, Mr. Dingell served roles as Dean of Congress, Chairman, Chairman Emeritus, and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, specializing in telecommunications, health care, transportation, energy, manufacturing, trade, and government oversight.

As a former Chief of Staff to a senior leader in Congress, Mr. Robbins has a unique perspective and vast experience with the inner workings of Congress and campaigns. While on the Hill, Mr. Robbins productively negotiated legislative compromises within the caucus and built bipartisan consensus on key issues, including health care and energy reforms. Mr. Robbins played a leading role in the effort to include automobile manufacturers and auto finance companies in the 2008 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and later worked closely with the White House, U.S. Treasury, congressional allies, and external stakeholders to establish the structured bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler in a way that maximized the protection of American jobs and safeguarded U.S. taxpayer dollars.

After leaving the Hill, Mr. Robbins’ leadership in the mission to represent the pilot partisan interest of ALPA’s members before the U.S. and international governments led to ALPA’s successful lobby for Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, reforms to the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the enactment of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act. Robbins led ALPA’s foray into strategic campaign communications, launching a successful international policy campaign on a global policy issue that made broad international news. Within ALPA, Mr. Robbins oversaw reforms of the Government Affairs and Communications departments, incorporated pilot advocates into ALPA’s legislative advocacy program, and strategically expanded and utilized ALPA’s Political Action Committee to further ALPA’s policy agenda.

In addition to his work for ALPA and on Capitol Hill, Mr. Robbins is an experienced campaign manager, strategist, and fundraiser. He has managed numerous congressional campaigns and has been involved in multiple statewide and national campaigns that have helped him refine the execution of tactics that so effectively serve his clients. Mr. Robbins is a frequent speaker at U.S. and international conferences, with a focus on policy matters and effective advocacy strategies.

Mr. Robbins serves on the board of the Greater Washington Aviation Open and holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A.L.S. in Public Policy from Georgetown University.