Teri Bristol


Teri Bristol

As Chief Operating Officer of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Teri L. Bristol is responsible for ensuring safe, efficient and secure air traffic services for approximately 50,000 aircraft operating over nearly 30 million square miles every day.

Bristol provides leadership and direction for 33,000+ employees providing the organization's core functions of Air Traffic Services, Technical and Systems Operations, Safety Management, Technical Training, Mission Services, Management Services, Program Management, and Flight Program Operations. She has made great strides on behalf of the agency on labor relations, and has played a key role in the deployment and integration of NextGen capabilities and other airspace modernization, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and commercial space operations into daily National Airspace System (NAS) operations.

Throughout her 25-year career, Ms. Bristol has consistently assumed positions of increasing responsibility while establishing an extensive foundation of experience leading and directing the technically-varied missions of the ATO. Prior to being named COO in 2014, she served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2012-2013, overseeing domestic operations and the agency's role in international air navigation services. In previous positions, Bristol oversaw the maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS, directed operational support and integration services across the nation's airspace, led acquisition and program management of large automation and surveillance systems, and was directly responsible for the daily operation of air traffic control facilities throughout the Western United States, Alaska and Hawaii.