Chris Rocheleau is the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Chief of Staff, and has been with the agency for over 16 years. As the Chief of Staff, Mr. Rocheleau is a key advisor to the Administrator and provides leadership, guidance, oversight, and coordination of activities dealing with aviation policy and resource management programs. He keeps the Administrator and senior Department of Transportation (DOT) management officials apprised of all matters of significant interest.
Mr. Rocheleau was Counselor to the FAA Administrator between January 2013 and April 2017. As principle counsel to the Administrator, he provided expert advice on agency policy, programs, and operations. He also provided guidance and assistance to senior FAA and DOT officials on a wide range of policy and operational issues. Previous to that, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator.
Mr. Rocheleau joined the Administrator’s office from the FAA’s Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety organization, where he was the Director of the Office of Emergency Operations and Investigations. He was responsible for the Washington Operations Center, the Emergency Operations Division, and the FAA’s National Security coordination efforts.
Mr. Rocheleau was an original member of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the Manager of TSA Intelligence Operations Watch, which was transferred from FAA in 2002. At TSA, he also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Transportation Policy. He was directly responsible for developing security countermeasures for threats and vulnerabilities against transportation and served as the Assistant Administrator’s crisis management coordinator.
Prior to his work with TSA, Mr. Rocheleau served as intelligence operations analyst in the FAA’s Intelligence Division, as well as the FAA liaison officer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Before joining the FAA, Mr. Rocheleau served in the military as an active duty officer and special agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He held a number of leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2010.
Mr. Rocheleau holds a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from City University.