NGPA's strength comes from the incredible people who make up the organization. As pilots and aviation enthusiasts helping each other, volunteering exemplifies the spirit of NGPA more than anything else. We can always use a hand, and volunteering is a great way to meet people and make new friends.


Executive Leaders

David Pettet

President (Minneapolis, MN)

David’s passion and dream to be a pilot started at a very young age, when his parents would take him to the Cleveland Hopkins Airport observation deck to watch airplanes. That passion and determination fueled David's career, and he became a flight instructor at the age of 18 and was hired at a Part 121 air carrier at 19 years old, becoming one of the youngest airline pilots. David has flown for Omni Air International, Hawaiian Airlines, and he now works for American Airlines.

David joined NGPA in 2008 and quickly became involved, serving on committees and joining the Board of Directors in 2010. In 2014, David served as Vice-Chairman of the Board, and was elected as NGPA’s Executive Director in 2014. During David's tenure at NGPA membership has nearly quadrupled, and with the help of leadership and volunteers he has brought on dozens of sponsors to support the vision and mission of NGPA. David resides in Minneapolis with his partner, Brandon.


Jan Anderson

Vice-President (Minneapolis, MN)

Janice Anderson started her flying career almost 30 years ago as a flight engineer on the Boeing 727, then moved to first officer on the MD-80, B-757, B-767, and B-777 aircraft. She is now a B-737 captain for American Airlines. Apart from the camaraderie of her fellow team members and getting customers to their destinations safely, Janice says part of the reason why she loves working at American is because she is supported in her role as a pilot and active member of the LGBT community. She uses her leadership to not only mentor other young pilots, but also to support members of the LGBT community at American.

Janice is the first Vice-President of NGPA, and she serves alongside President David Pettet to create a strong executive team focused on furthering the organization's global mission to advocate for diversity and inclusion in aviation.


Greg Sumner

Co-Chair (Phoenix, AZ)

Greg Sumner has been flying commercially since 1997 and has captain experience on the Beech 1900D and Learjet at Part 121 and 135 operators.  He has flown the Airbus A320/319 as well as Boeing 727, 737, 757 and 767 models at United Airlines. He was a flight engineer line check airman on the 727, and currently flies as first officer on the Boeing 747. Greg has been fortunate to work in other areas in the aviation industry to get a well-rounded perspective of the operation; he has experience as a customer service rep, ramp worker, airport construction inspector, and as a flight ops supervisor at O’Hare International Airport. Greg is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the aviation and LGBT communities, and currently serves on the boards of the Western Michigan University Alumni Association and the NGPA Education Fund as Vice Chair.


Kit Warfield

Co-Chair (Seattle, WA)

A Montana native, Kit Warfield grew up watching airplanes with her rancher father, a private pilot himself. Kit graduated from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and then left for the bluest skies of Seattle. She worked for a variety of software companies in the Seattle area as a technical writer and instructional designer. During her software career, she also earned her Private Pilot certificate, and she capped off her software career at Microsoft working on Microsoft Flight Simulator. She has worked closely developing instructional materials with aviation legends Rod Machado and John and Martha King, and she is the DPE voice in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Realizing she wanted to fly real airplanes rather than virtual ones, Kit left the software industry and earned her Commercial and  CFI/MEI certificates at Boeing Field in Seattle. She also earned a seaplane rating, and has been happily flying seaplanes almost exclusively ever since. She flies scenic and charter flights (parts 91 and 135), as well as flight instruction, out of Lake Union in the heart of Seattle.

Kit joined NGPA in 2012, and became involved at the insistence of former Executive Director Steven Moore. Kit also serves on the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in the shadows of the Space Needle in Seattle. Kit and her wife Nancy love to ski, travel, and pay homage to their very spoiled cat.


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