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Craig Mahaney

Executive Director

UAS Cluster Initiative

Craig Mahaney joined Development Capital Networks (DCN) in January 2022 as the Executive Director for the Unmanned Aerial System Cluster Initiative (UASCI) and the UAS Angel Network. In these roles he leads the Cluster’s vision to accelerate the growth of the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry in the U.S. by enabling established companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups to connect, work together, and gain access to national technologies, global capital, and advanced business models. Prior to joining DCN, Craig served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor within the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Aviation Policy and Plans.  In 2020 he was selected as a Georgetown University Capitol Hill Fellow where he served as a policy advisor and professional staff to Senator James Lankford (R-OK), subcommittee Chairman on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. During Craig’s sixteen years with the FAA, he held numerous operational and management positions focused on Air Traffic Control, Traffic Flow Management, UAS, and Strategic Planning. Before joining the federal government, he spent five years in the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Control Specialist and completed multiple deployments to the Middle East. Craig is a certified private pilot, graduate of the FAA’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Course and has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.