Mike Coffield, Consultant

Mike Coffield

Career Summary

  • The Livingston Group, Consultant
  • WINGS Global Partners, President
  • United Continental Holdings, Inc.
    • Chairman Government Affairs
    • Corporate Development
    • Pilot (Captain, First Officer, and Flight Engineer)
  • Steven's Aviation, Chief Pilot
  • Pilot Oil Corporation, Lead Pilot Flight Operations


  • University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Arts

Captain Mike Coffield is a veteran of the airline industry, representing the interests of pilots and business in government affairs. Mr. Coffield previously served as the chairman of government affairs for United Continental Holdings, and was a commercial pilot for more than 30 years, including 23,000 hours as pilot-in-command.

During his extensive career, he has been an advisor to cabinet secretaries in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations. Mr. Coffield has worked extensively with the Departments of Defense and Transportation, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, and multiple intelligence communities. He has also provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions and topics, provided policy advice to congressional committees, and helped craft legislation. Within the context of aviation, his work has touched on various issues including security, environment, foreign relations, federal aviation and airport regulation and FAA reauthorization, labor, commerce, and energy. His two year legislative effort on creation and passage of the Pension Protection Act produced a savings of more than $2 billion in pension fund contribution savings for his employer, Continental Airlines.

Mr. Coffield was selected by the House of Representatives to independently lead the congressional investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, and as served as a congressional delegation tour advisor on multiple tips to countries such as Cuba, Sierra Leon, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vatican City.

Mr. Coffield is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of arts in Sociology. He is active in his community through a range of charitable endeavors, including the WINGS Foundation.

Significant Associations, Activities and Accomplishments

  • Saved Continental Airlines $2 billion after a 2 year legislative effort around the Pension Protection Act that produced changes in the handling of certain defined benefit plans.
  • Established intergovernmental (FAA, TSA, DOT, DHS) security protocol working group
  • Provided background information to congressional committee chair to study Customs and Boarder Administration's justification of pre-clear site in Abu Dhabi
  • Advised House Judiciary Committee on U.S. airline merger actions and was instrumental in merger between Continental and United Airlines
  • Consulted, drafted, and advised in the creation of the Airline Stabilization Act, providing economic relief for the U.S. airline industry
  • President, WINGS Foundation, a humanitarian aid organization which has provided life flights for medical needs following Hurricane Katrina and in cooperation with the U.S. State Department secured air transport and accompanying $2 million in medical supplies and equipment to Cuba
  • Member, Airline Pilots Association