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Teri L. Bristol

Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization

Teri L. BristolAs Chief Operating Officer of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Teri L. Bristol is responsible for ensuring safe, efficient and secure air traffic services for approximately 50,000 aircraft operating over nearly 30 million square miles every day.

Bristol provides leadership and direction for 32,000 employees providing the organization's core functions of Air Traffic Services, Technical and Systems Operations, Safety Management, Technical Training, Mission Services, Management Services, Program Management, and Flight Program Operations. She has made great strides on behalf of the agency on labor relations, and has played a key role in the deployment and integration of NextGen capabilities and other airspace modernization, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and commercial space operations into daily National Airspace System (NAS) operations.

Throughout her 27-year career, Bristol has extensive experience in leading the technically varied missions of the ATO. Prior to being named COO in 2014, she served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2012-2013, assuming greater responsibility for operations domestically and for the agency's role in international air navigation services. In previous positions, Bristol oversaw the maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS, directed operational support and integration services across the nation's airspace, led acquisition and program management of large automation and surveillance systems, and was directly responsible for the daily operation of air traffic control facilities throughout the Western United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

Bristol was elected as Chair of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Executive Committee in June 2017. In this role, she represents the FAA in efforts to harmonize air traffic policies and procedures and develop best practices for the safe and efficient delivery of air navigation services.

Bristol represents the ATO on the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee and is a member of the NextGen Executive Board and the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), an executive leader of the NAC's NextGen Integration Working Group, and an ex-officio member of the RTCA Policy Board.

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.

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