photo of Teri L. BristolTeri L. Bristol was named Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization in March 2014.

As Chief Operating Officer, Bristol is responsible for ensuring the safety, efficiency and security of air traffic operations across the entire National Airspace System. The scope of her responsibilities includes strategic leadership and direction of all service units within the Air Traffic Organization.

In her 20-year career she has had extensive experience in leading, directing and managing Air Traffic and Technical Operations. Most recently, Bristol served as the Vice President of Technical Operations from 2009 to 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the delivery of maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS. She was also in charge of providing Spectrum and Telecommunication services to support the ATO's service units, as well as providing worldwide flight inspection services for the NAS and Department of Defense, including combat/contingency support. She led a workforce of over 10,000 employees who ensure that more than 65,000 pieces of equipment and systems operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at more than 6,000 facilities.

Previously, Bristol was Vice President of the Service Center, now a part of Mission Support Services. The Office of Service Center was responsible for integration of NAS operational service needs and supporting the needs within Service Areas. In 2007, Bristol served as the Acting Director for Terminal Operations in the Western Service Area. Her responsibilities included daily operation of Air Traffic Control facilities in the Western Service Area, leading 2,700 employees geographically dispersed throughout the Western U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. Bristol worked in coordination with FAA leaders, military officials, state and local governments, Congress, media and other aviation stakeholders as operations adviser.

Bristol also served as Director of Terminal Program Operations, where she was responsible for the delivery of surveillance, weather, automation and facility programs, and second-level engineering operational support for all Terminal automation systems in the NAS.

In her career with the FAA, Bristol has served in several other leadership roles. Notably as the Manager for Terminal Transition and Implementation, she helped successfully deploy the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System. As Program Manager of the Terminal Automation ARTS IIE program, she successfully deployed Automated Radar Terminal Systems in the U.S. and Israel.

Bristol began her federal career in 1992 when she was recruited into the Department of Transportation's Acquisition Management Training Program, where she worked for the FAA, U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Highway Administration.

Bristol holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and transportation from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Program Management Professional.