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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board Elects Queen Creek Mayor Julia Wheatley As New Board Chair

Mesa, Arizona —Queen Creek Mayor Julia Wheatley has been elected Chairwoman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA) for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). Each year, the PMGAA Board elects a slate of officers from the six-member community Board representatives. Gila River Indian Community Lieutenant Governor Regina Antone will serve as Vice-Chair, Mesa Mayor John Giles will serve as Secretary, and Gilbert Mayor Brigette Peterson will serve as Treasurer.

“Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport) is the economic center of the Southeast Valley, and a $1.8 billion per year economic engine for the State of Arizona,” Chairwoman Julia Wheatley said. “It’s an honor to serve as Chair of the PMGAA Board of Directors this year as we work together to improve commercial air service and attract additional private development projects to Gateway Airport.”

PMGAA Executive Director/CEO J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E. added, “Chairwoman Wheatley and the other members of the PMGAA Board of Directors provide leadership, a unified vision, and support that guides the continued development and improvement of Gateway Airport. PMGAA staff looks forward to working with Chairwoman Wheatley and the PMGAA Board on exciting projects including Gulfstream, Virgin Galactic, Gateway East and SkyBridge Arizona.”

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact: Ryan Smith, Director of Communications and Government Relations Phone: 480-988-7617 Email: