First Vice President
Captain Sean P. Cassidy (Alaska) serves as ALPA’s first vice president. He was elected on Oct. 13, 2010, at the Association’s 43rd Board of Directors meeting, and assumed office on Jan. 1, 2011.
“The airline industry is becoming more global, and issues outside our borders can affect pilots here in North America,” said Cassidy. “ALPA’s strength comes from identifying the values we have in common as pilots around the globe, and working together as we face the challenges ahead.”
Cassidy has served as both chairman and vice chairman of the Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council. He was chairman of the Alaska Air Group Labor Coalition from 1999 to 2009 and has been actively involved in local and national labor issues for over a decade. Hired by Alaska in 1996, Cassidy is currently a Seattle-based B-737 captain.
Prior to his airline experience, Cassidy received an officer commission in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Navy’s undergraduate pilot training and advanced jet training programs, and was assigned to Whidbey Naval Air Station from 1989 to 1995. Cassidy performed duties as a carrier-based EA-6B pilot in support of numerous military operations, including those in the Persian Gulf, and finished his naval career flying the C-9 as an officer in the reserves.
Cassidy resides in Fox Island, WA, with his wife, Annemarie, and their two children. He has a BA from the University of Colorado.
Panel: The Challenger Session