DJI has welcomed Mark Aitken to its Washington, D.C.-based advocacy team as director of U.S. legislative affairs.
Prior to joining the DJI team, Aitken was senior policy advisor at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He served on NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Strategic Advisory Group and the U.S. Department of Homeland’s Security Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council’s UAS Security Working Group.
Aitken was also previously director of government relations at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). He began his career as a congressional staffer on Capitol Hill and has also worked for the Washington offices of international firms. He earned a bachelor of arts in government and public policy from the University of Baltimore.
“I am very excited to join the DJI team to help lead its federal legislative advocacy,” says Aitken. “DJI sets the standard for developing thoughtful and responsible approaches to integrating drones into the airspace, so all drone users can do amazing things with drones while keeping safety as their highest priority. I look forward to building on that legacy and enhancing the use of DJI’s technology as drone laws and regulations evolve.”
“Mark is widely known and respected in the industry as a passionate and effective advocate for drone stakeholders,” comments Brendan Schulman, DJI’s vice president of policy and legal affairs. “He has outstanding knowledge of drone legislative issues and will be a strong collaborator with lawmakers on proactive policy solutions that enable and protect the innovative drone uses of today and tomorrow. We are delighted to expand our public policy team in the United States by having Mark join us.”