Dennis Roberts is the Regional Administrator for the Western-Pacific Region. Roberts serves as the principal executive representative of the FAA Administrator and the senior FAA official in the region. Western-Pacific Region encompasses the geographical area of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada; and U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Roberts is a member of the FAA's Senior Executive Service (SES).
Dennis Roberts provides corporate leadership in cross-organizational matters and represents the FAA with industry, the public and governmental organizations. Roberts was appointed on February 5, 2017. At the time of his appointment, he was the Regional Administrator for FAA's Southern Region, responsible for nine southeastern states, U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands along with the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Eastern Service Area.
In 2010, Roberts served as Director, Airspace Services for the ATO, Mission Support Services. He was responsible for Airspace Rules and Regulation, NAS Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Performance-Based Navigation Procedures, Obstruction Evaluation/Airport Airspace Analysis and Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in Metropolitan Areas (Metroplex).
Previously, Roberts was Director, Office of Flight Services Program Operations in Washington, DC, responsible for delivery of Flight Service Station products in the lower 49 states and Puerto Rico through a performance-based contract; one of the government's largest A-76 outsourced programs. Additionally, he led FAA's in-house delivery of all flight services across Alaska.
In 2006, Roberts served as Regional Administrator for the Northwest Mountain Region. His responsibilities included seven states and the ATO Western Service Area.
Upon joining the FAA in 2004, Roberts was Director, Office of Airport Planning and Programming in Washington, DC. He also served as the FAA lead for the Joint Planning and Development Office Airport Integrated Product Team.
Prior to his federal service, Roberts served as Deputy Executive Director, Louisville, KY Regional Airport Authority and had executive management responsibility for Louisville International and Bowman Field airports. Previous employment included Vice-President/Executive Director, Government and Technical Affairs, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Executive Director, Colorado DOT-Division of Aeronautics; Director, Regional Aviation Planning, Denver Regional Council of Governments; and Program Manager/Senior Planner for several aviation consulting firms.
Roberts is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot and a native of Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He holds a bachelor's degree in aviation management and a master's degree in aviation safety from Central Missouri State University.