This week on Gridlock Break, join us as we welcome two leaders in their respective fields to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Jonathan Reckford has served as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity since 2005. Under his leadership, Habitat for Humanity has grown from serving 25,000 families per year to serving over 300,000. Mr. Reckford discusses his belief that COVID-19 has put a bright light on the long existent problem of affordable housing. Without space, internet, food delivery, and the ability to socially distance and shelter in place, the current health crisis is not only difficult, it is virtually impossible. Livable housing is thought to have an immense impact on long term health for many low income children, which is only exacerbated in the midst of a public health crisis.
Michael Huerta was the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2013-2018. He also held senior positions in the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. He will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel industry, specifically the air travel industry, and what consequences and safety measures we can expect to see in the future. The travel industry was impacted very quickly as the pandemic spread. And we are not likely to see a rapid rebound. For companies facing economic downturn, travel is often one of the first things cut and one of the last things to return. The same can be said for families whose finances have been affected.