Michelle Fletcher McEnany
July 7, 1966 – June 23, 2019
Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2019 issue
DES MOINES, IOWA – Long-time Office of Aviation director, Michelle Fletcher McEnany, passed away June 23, 2019. McEnany served as the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation and the Office of Public Transit from 2000 through 2017.
McEnany was responsible for the development and maintenance of safe, comprehensive, and competitive aviation and transit systems in Iowa. Her management in transportation emphasized advocacy, promotion, and partnership building, with a focus on economic development and quality of life issues. She brought a fresh perspective and contributed to the success of aviation in Iowa. She was effective in her work with stakeholders at all levels, and in implementing reorganizational changes for the Office of Aviation.
McEnany once served as president of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), and volunteered for 8 years as a member on the Polk County Conservation Board serving one year as president.
Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, McEnany was the director of state and local relations for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, where she was responsible for advancing transportation public policy issues that enhanced business and economic development opportunities. She is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in economics and political science.
McEnany was born July 7, 1966 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Sondra and Robert Fletcher. In April 1991, she married Dennis McEnany and they later divorced. She is survived by their children, Colby McEnany of Flowery Branch, Ga. and Madison McEnany of West Des Moines; her parents, Sondra and Robert Fletcher; and brother, Michael Fletcher, all of Cedar Rapids.