Jane Garvey (aviation administrator)

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Jane Garvey
Jane Garvey by Jim Wallace (Smithsonian Institution).jpg
Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
In office
August 4, 1997 – August 2, 2002
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by David Hinson
Succeeded by Marion Blakey
Personal details
Born (1944-02-02) February 2, 1944 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Mount St. Mary College, New Hampshire
Mount Holyoke College

Jane F. Garvey is an American businesswoman and executive, currently serving as the chairman of Meridiam North America. She was the first female Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1997 to 2002.


Garvey (née Famiano) earned her B.A. from Mount Saint Mary College (a Catholic women's college in Hooksett, New Hampshire which closed in 1978[1]) and her M.A. from Mount Holyoke College and has been awarded several honorary degrees. She had previously worked as a teacher, highway safety administrator, and the director of Logan International Airport.

She was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 1997, and holds several "firsts" for an FAA Administrator: she was the first Administrator appointed to a 5-year term, the first female Administrator, and the first Administrator who was not a licensed pilot. She was the Administrator during the September 11, 2001 attacks.[2]

Following the 2008 presidential election, Garvey was named as one of six experts advising the Obama transition team on transportation issues. She was among a small group of candidates mentioned for the post of United States Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration,[3][4] though the eventual choice was congressman Ray LaHood.

Garvey is the chairwoman of the Capital-to-Capital Coalition, which works to promote non-stop service between Beijing and Washington Dulles International Airport. She also serves on the board of United Continental Holdings. She is currently also chairman of Meridiam in North America, and has been a board member of MITRE since 2004.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Amherst, with her husband, Robert J. Garvey, who served as the sheriff of Hampshire County, Massachusetts for 32 years, being appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis in 1984 and retiring in February 2016.[7]


Government offices
Preceded by
David Hinson
Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
Succeeded by
Marion Blakey