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Priya Aiyar

Board Member

Priya Aiyar is American Airlines’ Chief Legal Officer. She leads the airline’s Legal Affairs team and its legal strategies. This includes the company’s corporate governance, securities and corporate finance, commercial, litigation, competition and antitrust, compliance, privacy, environmental, labor and employment, and intellectual property legal issues and work. Priya joined American in 2019 and played a crucial role in the company’s navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining American Airlines, Priya served as a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, as Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. Earlier she held other senior legal roles within the federal government and was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC. She began her legal career as a clerk to Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. Priya holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.