Lirio Liu is the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Executive Director for the Office of International Affairs and provides executive leadership and guidance in the development of international policy across the various disciplines of the FAA. In this capacity, she was also responsible for the FAA's international offices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Prior to this current position, Lirio served as the Executive Director for Operational Safety in the Commercial Space Transportation Office where she provided executive leadership for the compliance and coordination of the requirements to authorize commercial space launch and reentry operators and site approvals. She has also served in a variety of executive leadership roles within the Office of Aviation Safety, including acting Deputy Associate Administrator at a critical time surrounding the return to service activities for the Boeing 737 MAX, and the implementation of the 2018 reauthorization provisions.
As the Executive Director for Rulemaking, she provided oversight for the FAA's rulemaking process and served as the Designated Federal Officer for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee where she collaborated with industry, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other international civil authorities, such as the European Aviation Safety Authority and Transport Canada, in an effort to harmonize regulations. She also served in roles as the Special Technical Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and to the Director of Aircraft Certification Service. While serving as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Western-Pacific Region, Lirio provided horizontal integration across the FAA lines of business when working with external stakeholders to address community concerns, and acted as the FAA Congressional Liaison, working closely with local state government and elected officials.
Lirio also served as the FAA Senior Representative located in Paris, France, where she represented the FAA for 18 countries in Western Europe and North Africa on overarching policy issues. She successfully built alliances with foreign civil aviation authorities, working toward harmonized policies and processes. Lirio began her FAA career in the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office as a structural engineer working on type certification and supplemental type certification programs for rotorcraft, large transport, and small airplanes. As the program manager for the Robinson Helicopter Company, she was involved in certification and continued airworthiness issues, including coordination and participation in NTSB accident investigations. Lirio then worked as the Manager of the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, which was responsible for the type certification and continued operational safety of the Boeing aircraft fleet.
Ms. Liu holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society) and Sigma Gamma Tau (National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society).