President Biden appointed Matthew Lehner as the Assistant Administrator for Communications in May 2021. He serves as an advisor to the FAA Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and the management board, as well as leaders at the U.S Department of Transportation. Mr. Lehner is the spokesperson on media relations before the Congress, other agencies, and the public.
Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Lehner held leadership roles in the Obama Administration and on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate. In the Obama Administration, he led the public affairs office at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration in the aftermath of Amtrak 188 crashing outside of Philadelphia. He was also part of the DOT communications team when then-Vice President Biden announced a $2.5-billion loan for Amtrak to purchase its new Acela fleet.
Mr. Lehner became one of the youngest communications directors in the U.S. Senate guiding the communications offices for the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) during the BP Oil Spill. His work with Landrieu resulted in three bills becoming law, including the largest investment in coastal restoration in U.S. history.
Born and raised in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Lehner graduated with honors from Saint Louis University.