Our Airspace a volunteer organization of professionals who are committed to addressing and reducing aviation noise and emissions while supporting a safe robust aviation industry. Our Airspace recognizes and appreciates the essential role the aviation industry plays in the national and global economy and seeks to lessen any associated negative impacts.
The advisory team includes Pilots, attorneys, environmental and research scientists, engineers, financiers, economists, philanthropists. Our Airspace is successfully partnered with public and private sectors, governmental agencies and manufacturers to come to long term solutions to flight delay, jet engine emissions and noise.
Heather V. Wolf
Wolf advocates for aviation safety and shaping of public policy to reduce aviations impacts to the environment and human health. Founder and Director of Our Airspace. Appointed Special Advisor on aviation to the Town of Pound Ridge in New York. Information Advisor for the Alliance for Sensible Airspace Planning. Managing board member for AfSAP Management Companies. National Advisory Board member for the American Working Group for National Policy. Wolf is a member of AOPA, EAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office.
Wolf is a conservationist with a passion for aviation which gives her a unique and balanced view of the issues involving flight, it's importance to the economy as well as the impact on the environment. Both parents are recreational pilots. Wolf helped to build an RV6A with her father who builds, maintains and test flies high performance experimental aircraft as a hobby. Her mother is an adept pilot who has flown acrobatic aircraft including tail draggers, cadets and v-tails. Commercial pilots, airforce pilots, ground mechanics and service men are also family members. Two of her uncles flew combat missions in World War II, one of whom was killed during a synchronized low altitude maneuver off the Ivory Coast.
Wolf is also the founder and director of Internal Knowledge and is on the boards of several organizations including the Library Foundation Board the Fresh Air Fund council and AfSAP Management Companies. She and her husband are active supporters of Lance Armstrong Foundation and National Jewish Denver Hospital. Wolf also works to support the Pound Ridge Community Center, Bedford Riding Lanes Association and the Police Benevolent Associations Pound Ridge Car Show.
Prior to her non-profit work she was a consultant on Wall Street to multi-national banks. After joining Chase Manhattan Bank as Senior Technology Officer she architected the Global Enterprise Management System which handles financial reporting across the global enterprise. She was promoted as Vice President of Technology for Treasury Security Services MIS at JP Morgan before retiring from engineering to pursue philanthropy and the arts.
Alison Boak is a co-founder of IOFA. Alison has a wealth of experience developing, implementing and managing public health programs for adolescents in the former Soviet Union. Her work has been funded by the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, the United States Agency for International Development, the Democracy Network, the Soros Foundation, the Department of State, and the United Nations Fund for Women.
She has worked primarily on issues relating to adolescent reproductive and sexual health including gender equity, violence prevention, and human trafficking. Alison served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Latvia from 1994-1996. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in public health. Besides her work with IOFA, Alison is a founding member and a Director of the Youth Health Center Council of Latvia and serves on the board of directors of Friends of the Baltics.
She is also a founding member of the Freedom Network USA and the New York City Task Force Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth. Alison is currently an adjunct lecturer at York College. She received her training in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Division for Population and Family Health.
Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft Ph.D.Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft has helped shape noise policy in the United States and abroad through her research findings and ardent efforts to educate the public and public officials to the harmful effects of noise to our mental and physical well-being. She is Professor Emerita of the City University of New York and serves on the Mayor's Council on the Environment of New York City (having been named to this non-paid, volunteer position by the City's three previous Mayors as well). She has given testimony on the hazards of noise to government and health organizations and has served as an expert witness in court cases.
Dr. Bronzaft is the author of a landmark study that demonstrated that noise from passing elevated trains impeded the reading scores of children whose classrooms were adjacent to the track and by the sixth grade, children in these classrooms were nearly a year behind in reading when compared to classmates on the quiet side of the school building. After rubber resilient pads were installed on the tracks adjacent to the classrooms and these classrooms received acoustical treatment to the ceilings, significantly reducing the noise in the classrooms, Dr. Bronzaft's later study found no differences in reading scores between children on both sides of the building.
Dr. Bronzaft's research has also focused on the impacts of noise on the quality of life of residents exposed to airport-related noises. She has written noise chapters in academic books and articles on noise for academic journals as well as for more popular magazines. Dr. Bronzaft frequently lectures on noise in the United States and abroad; her writings and research are often cited; and she has been interviewed in the media internationally. She also advises anti-noise organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and has served as an advisor to public officials locally and nationally. Her children's book Listen to the Raindrops (illustrated by Steven Parton) will be reprinted by New York City's Department of Environmental Protection and distributed to New York City public schools.
While spending much of her time on noise, Dr. Bronzaft has other research interests. She is the author of the book Top of the Class, which looked at the lives of high academic achievers after success in college, as well as inquiring about the influences of their childhood on their academic achievement. Her research interests also included examining the aspirations of young college women.
Among Dr. Bronzaft's academic and professional honors: Senator of Phi Beta Kappa, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Hunter Hall of Fame Honoree, Recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from Region 2 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for her achievements in the protection of the environment.
Senior environmental scientist with Anderson Mulholland & Associates, an environmental consulting firm. MPH, environmental science from Columbia University. Member of the Pound Ridge Town Board advisory committee for air space issues. Extensive experience with human health risk assessments, ecological risk evaluations, and natural resource damages evaluations.
Dr. Maryam R. Newman
psychotherapist graduated from San Francisco State University and received a doctorate in social work from Columbia University.
Alan M. Mantell
Attorney and businessman. Investment manager, Tiger21 Fund; founder, many capital groups, including the Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities & Finance Group of Barclays de Zoete Wedd Securities, Inc., the investment banking arm of Barclays Bank PLC.
Howard H. Newman Ph.D.
Howard H. Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC, a private equity firm-2006 to present; Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincas LLC-1984 to 2006; Various titles, Morgan Stanley & Co.-1974 to 1983. Directorships of Other Public Companies: Newfield Exploration Company. A graduate of Yale University, Newman received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Jack Saporito, Chair of the Alliance of Residents Concerning O’Hare became involved as a citizen activist with the O’Hare airport noise issue in 1989 and with airport environmental and public health issues in 1990. Since then, he has focused on working with researchers and public officials in educating the public and media about the devastating effects on public health and environment generated by airport and aircraft-related operations.
Saporito, of the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare and American Working Group for National Policy, is also a board member of the Mothers Against Airport Pollution and Our Airspace, which consists of various municipalities and states. Growing up in the shadow of Chicago's O'Hare airport, he observed paint peeling off of neighborhood automobiles due to jet fuel deposits and started investigating the broader environmental effects of airport and aircraft related operations.
He spent countless hours studying related scientific and medical reports, to increase his understanding of the scope of these problems, supplementing his direct experience as a laboratory technician and medical training, while in the military service.
Subsequently, through the process of setting up and operating local, national and international organizations devoted to these issues, Jack’s interactions with researchers, congressional representatives, and U.S. governmental entities, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency and worldwide organizations, such as World Heath Organization, have gained him wide recognition.
Today he is an outspoken advocate against aircraft pollution and unwarranted or unwise airport expansions; thus, offering better, sustainable options.
The Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare is a respected Chicago area organization known globally, with many years experience, that has been at the vanguard of airport and aircraft related public health, safety and environmental issues since the mid-nineties. Nationally, many of our colleagues and members include physicians and individuals and even many who are employed in the aviation and aerospace industries including: pilots, air-traffic controllers, employees of NASA and Boeing, Williams Aviation Consultants and many others, such as the well-respected Baylor University's School of Aviation and Air Sciences. As a result, AReCO has a strong working knowledge of the issues, bringing strong factual evidence to the table. AReCO is known globally, is an advisor to many countries and others on these issues and has testified from the United Nations on down.
NJCAAN is a volunteer citizens group working to address airport and airplane noise pollution by promoting aircraft routes that limit flights over residential area; and the use of quieter Stage 3 and Stage 4 aircraft. NJCAAN's airspace proposals rely on the use of industrial areas, ocean airspace, higher altitudes and other procedures for noise abatement. These proposals bring significant relief to over one million citizens affected by aircraft noise from Newark International Airport; to Bergen and Passaic County residents affected by LaGuardia International Airport; and to Monmouth and Ocean County residents affected by Kennedy International Airport.