Pamela Whitley is the Assistant Administrator for NextGen and is responsible for championing the evolution of the National Airspace System (NAS). She provides strategic direction and executive oversight to more than 800 federal employees in the Office of NextGen (ANG) and manages an approximately $2 billion federal budget. Ms. Whitley has experience heading large-scale, complex initiatives, demonstrating the ability to lead at all levels and to help build leaders along the way.
She has held several positions related to delivering the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), including Director of the NextGen Integration and Implementation Office. In 2011, ANG's responsibilities were expanded to include planning for the entire NAS. As a result, she 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 has completed detail assignments at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and at the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration.
Ms. Whitley's FAA career began in 1993 as an electrical 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.
Ms. Whitley is the recipient of several prestigious FAA awards, 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.
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. She later served as an engineering consultant to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.