David Barger joined the Boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in May 2017. He is a member of the Governance, Accountability and Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee.
Barger is co-chair Industry Specialists – Oaktree Transportation & Infrastructure Fund based in Brentwood, California, and a partner of Connor Capital Transportation Opportunities, a transportation investment fund based in Santa Barbara, California. He retired as chief executive officer of JetBlue Airways early in 2015, from which he also served as president and chief operating officer from the founding of the company in 1998. His career included roles of increasing responsibility from 1981 to 1998 with Continental Airlines and New York Air.
During his aviation career, Barger was a board member at Airlines for America and the International Air Transportation Association, and chaired the NextGen Advisory Committee in Washington D.C.
With over 30 years in the industry, Barger was awarded the 2016 L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Aviation Club. He is committed to the community, serving on the board of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, Arnold Palmer’s legacy non-profit public foundation. He recently retired from PENCIL – a New York based educational non-profit creating innovative and impactful model of ongoing collaboration between public schools and business, also from the FlightSafety Foundation.
Supporting his alma mater, the University of Michigan, Barger is a member of the Literature, Science and the Arts Dean’s Advisory Council and the Organizational Studies Advisory Committee, and endowed the Barger Leadership Institute, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary recently. The vision of the institute is to help provide leadership access opportunities outside the classroom to undergraduates in various settings in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and in domestic and international locations as well.