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The AOPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is the philanthropic arm of AOPA. Your contributions fund programs that membership dues don’t cover including the AOPA Air Safety Institute and You Can Fly program. Our goal is to fund opportunities of growth beyond what AOPA membership dues can accomplish, for the entire general aviation community.

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Meet the AOPA Foundation Staff

Elizabeth Tennyson

AOPA Foundation Senior Vice President
Elizabeth Tennyson is the Senior Vice President of the AOPA Foundation. In this role, she leads AOPA’s philanthropic arm as well as the You Can Fly program. Elizabeth works with a team of dedicated professionals who focus on building and funding programs that grow the pilot population, improve safety, introduce young people to aviation, and make flying more accessible and affordable. Tennyson first joined AOPA in 1998. Her past positions have included executive director of You Can Fly, managing editor of Flight Training magazine, executive editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, vice president of publications, vice president of eMedia, and senior director of communications. Tennyson was a television, radio, and Associated Press reporter in Los Angeles, Miami, and Raleigh, North Carolina before joining AOPA. She also served as editor-in-chief for a collection of legal and golf magazines. Tennyson serves on the boards of the Aerospace Center for Excellence and the Aviation Accreditation Board International and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.
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Sam Jackson

Senior Manager of Development Marketing & Communications
Sam joined the AOPA Foundation team in 2019. Sam is responsible for internal and external communications that convey the impact the Foundation makes in the General Aviation community. Prior to joining the Foundation team, Sam worked as the Marketing Director at the YMCA in Frederick, Maryland for six years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Sam is looking forward to becoming a Private Pilot. Contact Sam at (301) 695-2333 or [email protected]
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Becky Johnston

Senior Manager of Development & Planned Giving
Becky joined the AOPA Foundation team in 2017. She serves as the liaison for President’s Council and Legacy Society members. After graduating from Salisbury University in 2004, Becky began her career in fundraising for an order of Catholic priests and Brothers where she held several positions during her twelve-year tenure. Becky accomplished her first solo in February 2021 and is enjoying the flight training process with her ever-patient CFI. Contact Becky at (301) 695-2274 or [email protected]
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Lili Leonard

Senior Director of Development Operations
Lili joined the AOPA Foundation in June 2019 and works closely with all members of the AOPA Foundation team to manage day-to-day operations. She has more than 11 years of fundraising experience in higher education and non-profit organizations and earned her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation in 2017. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Lili loves riding bicycles, participating in triathlons, and being outdoors. She is actively working on her sport pilot certificate and lives in Maryland with her wife and two dogs. Contact Lili at (301) 695-2213 or [email protected]

Agnes Macdonald-Hutchins

Director of Database Administration and Reporting
Agnes joined the AOPA Foundation in 2009 after working in AOPA’s marketing department for seven years. During her tenure, she has worked on many projects to help the organization achieve its goals. She works closely with the Executive Director and Director of Development Operations to help drive the strategic direction by assisting with creation and execution of budgets, ongoing systems management, research and process improvements. Prior to AOPA, she worked for a direct marketing firm and managed a printing company, where she was highly involved with other nonprofit organizations. Agnes holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in management with a nonprofit specialization. She began her private pilot license training and hopes to get back into flying soon. Contact Agnes at (301) 695-2112 or [email protected]
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Kim Reed

Administrative Assistant
Kim joined AOPA more than 36 years ago, and since October 2016, provides key administrative support to the AOPA Foundation team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kim served as a Member Services Representative, where she used her experience communicating with the members and knowledge of the AOPA database to provide excellent service to members. Prior to that, Kim was the Program Specialist for the Airport Support Network Program (ASN). Contact Kim at (301) 695-2208 or [email protected]

Carli Stone

Development Coordinator
Carli has been with AOPA since 2017 and joined the AOPA Foundation in March 2020, where she serves as Development Coordinator and Hat in the Ring Society liaison. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carli was a Member Services Senior Specialist where she provided comprehensive assistance with membership needs and provided excellent customer service. Carli earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College in 2018. Contact Carli at (301) 695-2207 or [email protected]
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Laurie Whitaker

Development Research Manager
Laurie joined the AOPA Foundation in July 2019 with more than 20 years of prospect research and development experience. She works closely with the Vice President of the Foundation and other team members. Laurie helps drive the strategic direction by working on proactive and reactive prospect research projects and assists in maintaining database integrity. Prior to joining AOPA, she worked for cultural, educational, and healthcare organizations in Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, and in her native MA. Laurie had a prospect research and consulting business for several years as well. She has a BA from Assumption College, JD from Catholic University, and Certificate in Fundraising from UMass Amherst. Laurie enjoys travel, sports, spending time with family and friends, and supporting animal welfare issues. Contact Laurie at (301) 695-2173 or [email protected]