Sky Harbor Names New Community Development, Government Relations Chief

Marchelle Franklin has been named Deputy Aviation Director for Community Development and Government Relations for Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ. Franklin, whose experience includes more than 20 years of public- and private-sector leadership roles, will oversee legislative efforts and be the primary liaison to the Mayor’s Office and City Council.  

Franklin will also supervise the Aviation Department’s Outreach Program and plan and staff the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board (PAAB) meetings as well as develop and strengthen relationships with industry groups, such as the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Airport Council International – North America (ACI-NA).
Carl Newman, Assistant Aviation Director said Franklin has an extensive background in working effectively with various elected bodies, so they’re very excited in having someone with her caliber join their team. 

Franklin served the past eight years in the Mayor’s Office as the Senior Assistant to the Mayor, Deputy Chief of Staff and Co-Chief of Staff. Her responsibilities included assisting the mayor with executive level policy analysis and strategic planning; managing programs, projects and operating budget; and supervising staff.
Franklin has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She also completed the Executive Development Program in Human Resources Consulting and Strategy Development at the University of Southern California.