Elizabeth Tennyson

Executive Director, You Can Fly
As the executive director of You Can Fly, Elizabeth is responsible for programs designed to get people flying and keep them flying, including the High School, Flight Training, Flying Clubs, and Rusty Pilots initiatives. She first joined AOPA in 1998, holding positions that included 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. Elizabeth serves on the boards of the Aerospace Center for Excellence and the Aviation Accreditation Board International as well as the Board of Advisors for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals. A native of California, Elizabeth holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She started flying in 1997 and is an instrument-rated private pilot and a hang glider pilot. She co-owns a Beechcraft Bonanza, which gives her a good excuse to indulge in her two favorite pastimes—flying and traveling with her husband and two sons.