The Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation (EWA) announces that Exceptional Women Awardee, (EWA) Papia Gambelin, has been appointed Managing Director for Government Affairs for the West Coast, for United Airlines. Papia will be based in San Francisco and will lead United Airlines' state and local government engagement for San Francisco, Los Angeles, the state of California and the western region of the United States. Papia joins United Airlines from Platinum Advisors where she served as president of the Silicon Valley division, leading political strategy and public affairs initiatives for Fortune 100 brands in a variety of industries including energy, education, transportation, development and environmental. Prior to joining Platinum Advisors, Papia was the Director of Public Affairs for PG&E. Her participation on boards throughout the Bay Area aligns with Papia’s passion to serve diverse communities and create healthy, prosperous places to live and work. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley and has been an Awardee and is now an Alumna of the Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation since 2019.
"Over the past years that Papia Gambelin has been an Exceptional Women Awardee, she has had the privilege of being mentored by another of our Exceptional Women Awardees, Melinda Yee Franklin, who formerly held the position that Papia has now been appointed to. Melinda (now West Region Executive, Community Engagement/ Corporate Responsibility JP Morgan Chase) was Papia's mentor throughout the EWA program and will continue to be so - as our EWA's are committed to paying it fo