Ejide D. Fashina, born November 27th, 1981 is a Philadelphia native, who started working in the field of Aviation at the age of 14 while an honor student at Northeast Philadelphia Aerospace Magnet High School. Remaining true to her Philadelphia roots she attended the Fox School of Business at Temple University and later the Federal Aviation Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. She began her FAA ATC career with the Federal Aviation Administration in 2008 by simply responding to an open announcement for Air Traffic Control specialist posted in the local newspaper. With no prior experience or training in Air traffic control, Ejide was hired and began the vigorous training. With hard work, dedication and perseverance she was able to obtain her aviation designations while employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a result of her dedication to her profession, Ejide has since been able to rise to the management ranks in the FAA. She is currently one of the youngest Air Traffic Front-Line Managers (FLM) in the FAA and now serves as a Manager at the flying home of the President of the United States, Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, MD
In addition to her primary work duties. With distinction, she serves as a trusted member and current Northeast Regional President of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees. Ejide has been documented as having the single most active aviation networks and partnerships than anyone recorded in her generation. She has remained an advocate for educating the youth on careers in aviation within the newest generation of aviation students studying at Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). This past summer she co-organized a summer program for high school students. This program encouraged high school students to focus on strengthening their knowledge and skills on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and considering aviation careers for the youth. Within the past year she not only served as the keynote speaker during various aviation career academies Camps within the local community.
Ejide is not only recognized in the aviation community as a role model stateside, but abroad as well. She was solely responsible for successfully expanding the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employeesâ€™ partnership with a foreign country. Using her international connections because of her Nigerian descent, in the spring of 2014 she led a group to Lagos Nigeria for their first ever ACE Camp. This mission trip was self-funded. Ejide was instrumental in planning, organizing, evaluating, and executing the Nigerianâ€™s ACE Camp. This epic event catered to more than 250 Nigerian student participants.
Ejide dedication to the aviation community in greater Baltimore and various organizations shall not be overlooked. A deeper commitment to giving back to the community can be determined by her active membership in many community based organizations. : Bessie Coleman Foundation, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL), Federal Aviation Administration Managers Association (FAAMA), Black Pilots of America (BPA) – Philadelphia Chapter, Professional Women Controllers Inc. (PWC), and the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. â€“ Philadelphia Chapter. Ejide is also the co-founder of The Dreams Take Flight Academy, which actively introduces careers in aviation to the inner-city youth.
Ejide D. Fashina has a committed her life to ensure the brightest future for tomorrowâ€™s youth in our communities through aviation education with regards to STEM.