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 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Mount St. Mary College, New Hampshire
Mount Holyoke College

Jane Garvey (née Famiano) was head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1997 to 2002.


Garvey 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 was appointed by President Bill Clinton 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 had previously worked as a teacher, highway safety administrator, and the director of Logan International Airport.

She currently serves as 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 also currently is the chairman of Meridiam Infrastructures in North America.[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] though the eventual choice was congressman Ray LaHood.

Her husband, Robert J. Garvey, is the sheriff of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.


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