Pamela Whitley is the Acting Assistant Administrator for NextGen (ANG) and is responsible for championing the evolution of the National Airspace System (NAS). She has been involved with the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) from conception. As Acting Assistant Administrator, Ms. Whitley is responsible for providing strategic direction and executive oversight to more than 900 federal employees and an approximately $2 billion federal budget.
Her career with the FAA began in 1993 as an electronics engineer responsible for the development of standards for airport electrical equipment and lighting. She has held positions in the Airway Support Facilities Division, the Office of Technology Development, and the NextGen Integration and Implementation Office. Ms. Whitley has extensive experience working with the Department of Transportation, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. Her early contributions to NextGen helped sustain a long-term funding profile for NAS modernization. As a result, the FAA has continued to invest in key programs and research activities that are modernizing today's NAS.
Throughout her career, Ms. Whitley has led large-scale, complex initiatives, combining technical knowledge with an understanding of strategic financial management. She has held several positions related to delivering NextGen, including Director of the NextGen Integration and Implementation Office. In 2011 ANG's responsibilities were expanded to include planning for the entire NAS. Ms. Whitley then became responsible for providing leadership to help meet the organization's new goals.
While Ms. Whitley has spent most of her career with the FAA, she completed detail assignments at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration.
Ms. Whitley is the recipient of several prestigious awards from the FAA, including a 2008 ATO Executive Council Leadership Award for her contribution to establishing a portfolio management framework for NextGen. She also received the FAA Administrator's Award for Environmental Excellence in 2005 and has been recognized for her leadership on various technology development initiatives over the years.
A graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., Ms. Whitley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Her professional career as an electrical engineer began with the Tennessee Valley Authority and later she served as an engineering consultant to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.