Christopher J. Rocheleau is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this capacity he assists in leading the organization responsible for setting safety standards and overseeing all aspects of the aviation industry – airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, unmanned aircraft, and a wide variety of aviation professionals. These diverse programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety. The Aviation Safety organization's programs are carried out by 7,400 employees located throughout the world. The organization's annual budget is more than $1.4 billion.
Mr. Rocheleau has served the FAA with distinction for over 20 years in multiple roles including Chief of Staff, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment, Executive Director for International Affairs, and Director of the Office of Emergency Operations and Investigations.
Mr. Rocheleau was an original member of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the Manager of TSA's Intelligence Operations Watch, and subsequently served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Transportation Policy.
Before joining the FAA, Mr. Rocheleau served in the military as an officer and special agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and held leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2010.
Mr. Rocheleau holds a Bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University, and a Master's of Public Administration from City University of Seattle. Mr. Rocheleau also successfully completed the Executive National Security Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and USAF Air Command and Staff College.
Mr. Rocheleau is a member of the Aero Club of Washington, the International Aviation Club of Washington, Association of Former OSI Special Agents, and the Fraternal Order of Police.