Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA)
Michelle Hammel serves as counsel and chief ethics officer for the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), providing legal and business advice in support of a broad range of issues, including UAS operations. The DRBA operates five general aviation airports, a ferry system and the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans – vital transportation links in the northeast corridor and centers of economic development in the states of Delaware and New Jersey. Its annual operating budget is $80M.
Immediately preceding her tenure at DRBA, Michelle served as the interim CEO for a small start-up company and was instrumental in taking the company through a transition as it was acquired by a larger private company. She also spent ten years in New Jersey state government as a policy advisor to several Cabinet Secretaries with responsibilities that included implementing a new federally funded program with a $5M annual budget, overseeing a staff of 35, lobbying and administrative rulemaking. Michelle began her career as a civil litigation associate at a small South Jersey law firm and handled various matters from inception through trial.
Michelle earned both her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University. She is licensed to practice law in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.