Tracy Montross joined American Airlines as a Regional Director of Government Affairs in January 2014. While based in Charlotte, Montross serves as the airline’s representative in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Throughout this territory, she is responsible for developing and executing regulatory and legislative proposals that may have a material effect on the company’s business operations; coordinating strategies that support operational efficiencies, tax relief, noise abatement, labor relations, corporate real estate, environmental goals, and corporate philanthropy; and represents American Airlines with various state and local governments, economic development agencies, Airports and Aviation Divisions, and industry associations to advocate for corporate and customer interests. Montross currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Carolinas Aviation Museum, and UNC Charlotte Foundation.
From 2011 to 2013, Montross served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor in Charlotte, supporting both mayors Anthony Foxx and Patsy Kinsey on local, state and national issues, constituent concerns, community relations, as well as City-wide planning for the Democratic National Convention in 2012. She began her career in public service in 2005, serving first as the Washington, D.C., scheduler and then executive assistant for U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
Montross received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in political science and broadcast communications from Appalachian State University. She has been recognized as one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40, Mecklenburg Times’ 50 Most Influential Women and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professional’s Public Servant of the Year. She enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, family, and friends; as well as playing golf, visiting breweries, and traveling.