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David S. Burkholder

Deputy Executive Director
FAA Office of International Affairs

photo of David S. BurkholderIn June 2014, Mr. David S. Burkholder was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director for the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this role, Mr. Burkholder is responsible for assisting the Executive Director as the principal advisor to FAA leadership on matters of international policy, global affairs, technical and operational assistance and strategic direction and related prioritization of resources in support of FAA global priorities and initiatives. He coordinates FAA efforts to advance U.S. aviation policies, technologies and procedures internationally with global organizations, domestic and international industry stakeholders, U.S. Government Agencies, Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). Mr. Burkholder is also accountable to encourage the advancement of aviation safety oversight and standardization of global policies, practices and procedures across all regions.

Mr. Burkholder is the Chair of the FAA International Steering Committee (ISC), the internal collaborative body tasked with developing the Agency's international mission, goals and supporting core strategies in support of the newly established FAA Global Leadership Initiative. He is leading efforts to develop a new FAA International Strategy to transform the FAA's approach to international engagement and leadership over the next four to five years to prioritize FAA international activities and resources to improve safety, air transportation efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

Since 2009, Mr. Burkholder has held several senior level positions in the FAA's Air Traffic Organization. Most recently, he was the Director for Resource Enterprise and the Deputy Vice President for the Air Traffic Organization's Management Services group. Here, he was a key leader in the establishment of the current organizational structure and functional alignment, as well as oversight of the ATO's expansive budget, support services contracts, and space logistics management. Mr. Burkholder was also directly responsible for leading service teams supporting the ATO with administrative and business services, budget and contract resource prioritization, allocation and execution, and technical hiring planning and execution.

Mr. Burkholder spent the first 10 years of his FAA career leading the Air Traffic Organization's international initiatives in several positions, including the Director for the ATO International Office, Manager for the Asia Pacific Region and Manager for the North, Central and South American Region. In these roles, Mr. Burkholder was able to develop the ATO International Strategic Plan and guide the international engagement of the ATO in support of that plan. Mr. Burkholder graduated from James Madison University in 1992 with a Bachelors of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with double majors in International Business and Spanish.

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