Jo Domato – Membership Committee
Joanne “Jo” Damato has been in aviation since she took her first flight lesson in 1991; she began her business aviation career in 1998. Jo graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Aviation Management/Flight Option Specialization and obtained a Masters of Aeronautical Science Degree from Embry-Riddle. She also holds a Single and Multi-Engine Land Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, and is a Certified Flight Instructor. She is active with Women in Aviation, International, Women in Corporate Aviation and the Florida Tech College of Aeronautics Alumni Board.
Jo has been featured on the cover of Aviation for Women Magazine and she also writes a column for the same publication titled “The Juggling Act,” detailing the work/life balance of two-parent aviation households.
In July 2001, Jo was hired by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) to launch the General Aviation (GA) Desk operation located in the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center and was uniquely positioned to help NBAA’s Member Response efforts in the days after 9/11. She remained active at the GA Desk until 2007 advocating for business aviation equity in the National Airspace System.
Currently, Jo is NBAA’s Director, Educational Development & Strategy. She is responsible for expanding the educational opportunities associated with the Association’s in-person events and managing NBAA’s on-demand education program, which allows NBAA Members to have interactive distance learning opportunities. Since 2005, Jo has also served as the staff liaison to the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, which produces the second largest domestic event for NBAA attracting over 2,400 attendees.
In September 2010, Jo and 4 other business aviation industry professionals launched an all-volunteer non-profit organization, Sky Hope Network. Sky Hope is comprised of a group of professionals in the Business Aviation industry who use their contacts and resources to locate flights for both people in need and in response to urgent situations. In 2012, Jo was named one of Airport Business Magazine’s Top 40 Under Forty. Jo also recently earned her Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) designation.
Jo lives in South NJ with her airline pilot husband and their two sons, where she enjoys rooting for the Phillies, going to the shore, and spending time with her extended family.