Commercial Drone Alliance Unveils New Executive Committee

The recently established Commercial Drone Alliance, a nonprofit co-located in California’s Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., says its members have elected the alliance’s first officers of the board.

Michael Latiner, chief strategy officer at Uplift Data Partners, was elected chairman. Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of Measure, is now president of the alliance’s board. Craig Marcinkowski, director of strategy and business development at Gryphon Sensors, will serve as the alliance’s secretary and treasurer.

The officers will formally serve as the executive committee, leading the rest of the board, including X (formerly Google[X]), DataWing and CybAero. Together, they will guide the general membership to advance the Commercial Drone Alliance’s mission to open the skies and industry to commercial drone operations.

The alliance was formed in May to support enterprise end-users adopting drone technology and to enable commercial market growth.

The board members’ agenda includes tackling some of the following issues:

  • Educating end-users and end-user associations about the benefits of drones;
  • Working with the Federal Aviation Administration to accelerate approvals of safe Part 107-restricted operations, such as those beyond the visual line of sight, with multiple drones operated by one pilot, at night and over people;
  • Drafting and sharing best practices for operators and operations; and
  • Deploying drones for catastrophe response.

“We are honored to have such leaders advancing the mission of the alliance,” comments Gretchen West, co-executive director. “Working with the rest of the membership, our industry leaders will enable the alliance to deliver true value to the commercial drone end-user community.”

“It’s gratifying to see so many of the industry’s leaders want to play such an active role in overcoming challenges to the industry,” adds Lisa Ellman, co-executive director. “This is a pivotal time for the commercial drone space. The talent that’s assembled under the Commercial Drone Alliance banner will ensure we can get the word out about the benefits of this technology to industry and to the public.”


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