Impact is built and driven by leaders who feel a responsibility and duty to improve our civic life and discourse. They come from various backgrounds with differing views and perspectives but all share the common bond that objective analysis, open minds, and hard work are the key ingredients to progress.

Andrea Bonaiuto

Andrea’s day job as acting Head of Marketing (acting) at ATPCO consists of making sense of the airline industry for B2B customers and partners by communicating the solutions that will be most effective for industry recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Before joining ATPCO, Andrea worked for Brussels Airlines and Eurowings (part of the Lufthansa Group) marketing international routes with a focus on Africa and India. At Brussels Airlines she enjoyed two career highlights; getting up close and personal with gorillas in Uganda, and producing the first-ever international dance party at 30,000 feet, complete with 2 DJs, glow sticks, and film crew, in partnership with Tomorrowland.

Preceding her career in the airline industry, Andrea worked at a compostable party supply start-up, Susty Party, as head of sales and awesomeness. Prior to Susty Party Andrea stayed busy in Panama, working in fashion distribution while producing a Panamanian adaptation of Reservoir Dogs for theater. Andrea has a habit of identifying unique opportunities and giving it her all, which is why she looks forward to the contributions she’ll make with IMPACT. 

What causes are you most passionate about?

Investment in social-emotional learning: Social-emotional learning (SEL) is not a ‘nice to have’, it’s fundamental to a child’s development, yet only 29 states in the U.S. has SEL standards in place for educators. SEL teaches kids how to regulate their emotions, use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people, build relationships and make good decisions – all fundamental skills in today’s polarizing, tech-heavy world. The results are tangible, from academic improvement to earlier intervention in mental health issues to more positive contributing members of society. Personally, I owe my relationship skills to SEL and would advocate for SEL in every school around the world. 

If you could make one improvement in the world what would it be? 

Paying public teachers more: Teachers hold one of the most influential, yet underrated positions in a child’s life. On average teachers make $60,477 a year, with a range of $45,547 to $85,889 depending on the state*. By making the profession more economically desirable, people with higher education are more willing the apply for the job, there would be more competition, and ecosystem around students would ultimately grow.  * 

What ideas or efforts do you think will or have changed the world the most? 

Campaign finance reform: I’ve heard before that all roads lead back to campaign finance reform. I think it’s true. Big money = big influence in American politics and as recently as 2014 the Supreme Court ruled on a decision that removed further restrictions that would allow donors and PACs to give more to candidates or party committees. The impact was immediate; close to $2 billion was raised between candidates for the 2020 presidential election, of which some funds were untraceable and/or significantly influenced by foreign sources. The implications are extensive, long-lasting, and discount the democratic values the U.S. stands on.   *