Bailey Edwards was appointed Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment (APL-1), at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in February 2018.
In his role, Mr. Edwards is responsible for leading the FAA's policy efforts to improve the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system. His focus is on assisting with FAA's reauthorization efforts, improving the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System, and advancing innovation-friendly policies related to the safe integration of new entrants, including commercial space and unmanned aircraft users. In addition, he oversees the agency's international activities and initiatives, including advancing the FAA's global leadership on safety.
Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Edwards served U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) as the Policy Director for Aviation, Space, Science, and Competitiveness. He also previously served then-Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) as Senior Professional Staff Member and managed the aviation policy portfolio when Senator Hutchison was Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee. Prior to his service in the Senate, Bailey served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for eight years.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Edwards graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University. He and his wife have two children, and live in Washington, D.C.