A Conversation with Jane Garvey
Chairman of the United Continental Holdings, Inc. and North American Chairman at Meridiam
Ms. Garvey will discuss her role as Chairman of the United Airlines Board, trends in infrastructure funding, aviation trends in general, and the enhanced emphasis airlines are placing on passenger experience.
Prior to her position with Meridiam, Ms. Garvey led the U.S. Public/Private Partnerships advisory group at JPMorgan, where she advised states on financing strategies to facilitate much-needed project delivery for state governments. During her career in public service, Ms. Garvey served as the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from August 1997 to August 2002. She was the first FAA administrator to serve a full five-year term and also the first female to lead the agency. As Administrator of the FAA, Ms. Garvey guided the agency through many safety and modernization milestones. She led the FAA through the extraordinarily formidable events of September 11, 2001 with compassion and assurance of mission. She also pioneered the FAA through Y2K preparation and implementation and is known for her deliberate collaboration and ability to bring all stakeholders together.
Ms. Garvey is recognized for her breadth of experience at all levels of government. Ms. Garvey served as Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Among her accomplishments at FHWA, she conceived and developed the Innovative Financing Initiative—properly named GARVEE bonds, enabling states to use federal highway funds more effectively. Most of the funds-management methods tested by more than 30 states under this initiative were later enacted into law. Before leading the FHWA, Ms. Garvey was director of Boston’s Logan International Airport. From 1988 to 1991, she was Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.