Grady Stone is currently the Deputy Regional Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Northwest Mountain Region. In this capacity, he serves, along with the Regional Administrator, as the principal representatives of the FAA Administrator and senior FAA officials in the region. They provide corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represent the FAA before industry, the public and governmental organizations. Grady also serves as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) designated to carry out critical functions for DOT in response to disasters as documented in the National Response and Recovery Frameworks.
Most recently, Grady served at the American Embassy-Dakar as the FAA's Senior Representative in Africa. Grady was responsible for advancing FAA's civil aviation goals in Africa by promoting safety and efficiency through harmonization of global standards and ensuring cooperation through international alliances.
Grady's primary role was to liaise with the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) regional offices in Dakar and Nairobi, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), Sub-Saharan Regional Safety Oversight Organizations (RSOO), and the Directors General of 49 Civil Aviation Authorities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Grady began his career in government 15 years ago in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation's Competition Policy Division where he focused on global airline anti-trust immunity cases and domestic and international airport slot policies and regulations. Prior to moving to Dakar, Grady served in the FAA's Office of Airports as the compliance specialist for the Southern Region.
Prior to entering government service, Grady worked for 18 years in the private sector for two major U.S. airlines and two European aircraft manufacturers where he directed network and strategic planning initiatives. Grady is a licensed commercial pilot (SEL).
Grady holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Marketing from Georgia State University.