In November 2019, Ms. Stubblefield assumed her current position as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief of Staff. Ms. Stubblefield has more than 25 years of comprehensive expertise and demonstrated success in aviation threat analysis, emergency operations planning, aviation safety, national security policy, and investigations oversight. As a leader, Ms. Stubblefield is a highly respected advisor within the FAA and other Departments and Agencies, who works collaboratively to resolve high-profile, high-impact national security, aviation safety, and crisis response challenges. Prior to her current role, she served as the FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety since September 2013. In that position, from 2017-2019, Ms. Stubblefield led a cross-functional FAA team focused on a variety of operational and policy issues related to the errant or malicious use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), federal implementation of Counter-UAS authority, and planning the safe integration of C-UAS technologies into the National Airspace System.
Ms. Stubblefield has also held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. She began her national security career as an active duty United States Marine–still her proudest achievement. Ms. Stubblefield graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy. She also earned a Master of Arts in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from George Mason University School of Public Policy.
Ms. Stubblefield's achievement and recognition awards include the Secretary of Transportation's Gold Medal, FAA Administrator's Golden Compass Award for Exemplary Leadership, Director of National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, Secretary of Transportation's War on Terrorism Medal, Secretary of Transportation's 9/11 Medal, and the TSA Gold Medal for Intelligence.