Kelly Kolb joined Travelport as Vice President for Government Affairs and Industry Affairs in May 2016. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Travelport’s legislative and political activities, while working closely with the company’s business units. She also runs Travelport’s corporate office in Washington, D.C., as well as assists in managing several trade association relationships.
Kolb was most recently Vice President of Government Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). At RILA, she was the lead lobbyist and media spokesperson on issues related to labor and employment, supply chain security, customs, and transportation. She was also active in various advocacy coalitions, including chairing the lobbying committee of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
Previously, Kolb was the Acting Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, a position she held after serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary within the same office. In this position, she served as the secretary’s primary advisor for all governmental matters and was responsible for developing and advancing the department’s governmental affairs strategy.
Before joining the Department of Transportation in 2005, Kolb worked on Capitol Hill. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.