Winsome Lenfert was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports on February 1, 2017. The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operations (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling approximately $2 billion.
Winsome graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in Professional Pilot Technology and Aviation Administration with a minor in Business Administration and from Indiana University with a Masters in Public Affairs. She has a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and held a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. She began her aviation career working for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) as Chief Airport Inspector. She began her career with the FAA as an Airport Certification Safety Inspector. Since then she has held many positions with the FAA including Airport Certification/Safety Specialist in Washington, DC; Community Planner for the O'Hare Modernization Program in Chicago, Illinois; Assistant Manager of the Detroit Airport District Office in Detroit, Michigan; and both Manager of Regional Operations and Director for the Airports Division Southern Region in Atlanta, GA.
Session: Airport Regulatory Forum