First Past Chair

Ms. Jeanne M. Olivier, A.A.E., ACE
Assistant Director, Aviation Security & Technology
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
New York, NY

Jeanne Olivier is the Assistant Director of the Security Operations and Programs Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She has worked with the Port Authority for over 34 years in airport operational management positions at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International, and Teterboro airports as well as the aviation central office in Manhattan. She has managed the central Aviation Security Program since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 including oversight of Security and Technology for the Authority's five airports. Ms. Olivier is responsible for policies and programs to strengthen the security of the Port Authority’s commercial airports, and general aviation facilities, and ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Her office oversees a nearly half billion dollar multi-year capital program for physical and technological security enhancements at these facilities, and numerous technology pilot projects conducted in partnership with and funded by the federal government. She and her office work closely with federal and state oversight agencies including the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Customs, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Justice, and various state agencies on policy and funding matters for aviation security and technology. Ms. Olivier is active on several industry and federal committees on aviation security matters. She is an Accredited Airport Executive, and currently serves in the national Chairs of AAAE as Chair, and on the Board of the International Association of Airport Executives. She has been a Director of the Board of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), a Past President of its Northeast Chapter, former Chair of the AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee, and a former elected member of Airports Council International’s Public Safety and Security Steering Group. She previously chaired AAAE’s Academic Relations Committee, the AAAE Biometric Airport Security Identification Consortium, and the 2013 National Airports Conference. She has been a regular contributor for several years to RTCA’s publication series, “Standards for Airport Security Access Control Systems.” Ms. Olivier holds a BA and MA from Florida State University and an MBA from Columbia University. She returned to the U.S. in 2007 following a year with the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq where she assisted the U.S. Department of State in the rebuilding of the Iraq Civil Aviation System. For this work, she received the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award in 2007 from Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, and another in 2008 from Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker. In 2013, Jeanne was awarded the American Association of Airport Executives Chair’s Award for “outstanding contribution to the airport management profession and to the American Association of Airport Executives.”