Michael P. Huerta is the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was confirmed June 23, 2010.
As deputy administrator, Huerta oversees the operation of the National Airspace System and a $16 billion budget. Huerta also will oversee the FAA's multi-billion dollar NextGen air traffic control modernization program as the United States shifts from ground-based radar to state-of-the-art satellite technology.
Huerta is an experienced transportation official who has held key positions across the country. His reputation for managing complex transportation challenges led him to the international stage when Huerta was tabbed as managing director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, a position he held from 1998-2002. The Olympics drew 2,400 athletes from 78 countries to Salt Lake City. Huerta was critical in the planning and construction of a variety of Olympic transportation facilities, as well as the development of a highly successful travel demand management system that insured the transportation system operated safely and efficiently.
Before joining the FAA, Huerta was president of transportation solutions for Affiliated Computer Services from 2002-2009; ACS is a Xerox subsidiary specializing in business processes and information technology.
Huerta was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce from 1986-89. He then served as the executive director of the Port of San Francisco from 1989-1993. From 1993-98, he held senior positions in the U.S. Transportation Department in Washington, D.C., serving under Secretary Federico Pena and Secretary Rodney E. Slater.
He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Riverside and a master's in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Panel: The Challenger Session