In August 2007, Barry Cooper became the Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's Great Lakes Region, which has responsibility for the FAA's aviation-related work in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. As Regional Administrator, Barry serves as the FAA's primary representative and liaison regarding aviation issues and activities within the Great Lakes Region.
Prior to assuming his Regional Administrator position, Barry served as the FAA's program manager and principal representative for the City of Chicago's O'Hare Modernization Program, a multi-billion dollar airport development initiative that will increase capacity and reduce delays at our nation's second busiest airport. In this position, Barry coordinated the FAA's internal efforts to meet all commitments and milestones associated with the O'Hare modernization initiative, while also interfacing extensively with the FAA's external customers, including the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, Congressional representatives, news media outlets, and civic groups.
Barry's public service career began in 1976 as an FAA civil engineer performing design work on FAA facilities that support our nation's air traffic control system. Most of Barry's service has been in management positions within the FAA's Great Lakes Region where he has had responsibilities for both technical and administrative program areas including National Airspace System infrastructure design and operation, airport design standards and operations safety, financial management, logistics support, and labor management relations.
Barry is a 1976 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. He and his wife Laura reside in suburban Chicago and have three children.