Bio: Justin Ellixson-Andrews

Justin Ellixson-Andrews, NGPA - Airspace Careers Inc.

A self-proclaimed “avgeek,” Justin Ellixson-Andrews has spent his career advocating for others and helping to open doors for underrepresented communities within the field of aviation. As a kid, he was always enthralled by planes, never missing an opportunity to sign up for a discovery flight at a nearby airshow. It was after Justin’s first commercial flight at age 6 that his parents would learn his infatuation reached far beyond airshows and would later develop into a lifelong career.
 
As Executive Director of NGPA, Justin oversees delivery of the organization’s strategic vision, and serves as executive officer for the association. Prior to joining NGPA, Justin spent his career leading DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) recruitment and retention strategies, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and community outreach programs within the aviation industry. He previously served as the inaugural Chair of an employee resource group, advocating on behalf of the entire workforce on policies including LGBTQ+ inclusion and minority equality.
 
Justin attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he earned a Bachelors in Aeronautics, a Masters in Leadership, and a Private Pilot Certificate. He currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his husband, Kyle, and their ‘dog-child’, Bernhardt or “Bernie” for short.