Teri Bristol Named 2023 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

July 25, 2023

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that Teri Bristol has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, ATCA’s highest honor and one of the most prestigious awards in aviation.

An aviation leader with 30 years of experience within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Ms. Bristol culminated her public service career as the first woman to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Air Traffic Organization from 2014 to 2022.


Prior to her role as COO, she served as the deputy COO from 2012 to 2013.

The FAA veteran served as chairwoman of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation Executive Committee from 2017 to 2019 and the chairwoman of the Latin America & Caribbean Region CEO Committee from 2020 to 2022.

As COO Teri implemented multiple initiatives at the ATO, including the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a multi-year infrastructure and technology modernization program. She also enhanced the ATO’s focus on risk management, training, labor relations, and partnerships with the aviation industry.

As head of the Air Traffic Organization, Ms. Bristol oversaw the delivery of air traffic services and operational support for the US civil aviation, leading a workforce of 32,000 employees and executing a $10B annual budget in the midst of ongoing constraints. During her tenure, she delivered $2.7B benefits, including $23M savings to airlines, and testified many times on Capitol Hill before the 62-member House Aviation Subcommittee.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association further recognized Bristol’s efforts to enhance collaboration between the FAA and the organization, calling her “a strong, inspiring leader for whom we have great respect.” Following her career at the FAA she founded Bristol Consulting, LLC, where she provides clients strategic counsel and assistance on transportation policy, infrastructure investment and innovation opportunities.

Ms. Bristol currently serves on the board of directors of UFA, Inc. Ms. Bristol has served on additional board and professional leadership groups, including FAA, MITRE Corporation, and RTCA. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a UK based organization, and Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). 

“Teri Bristol is the personification of the word leader. Her time as head of the Air Traffic Organization resulted in maintaining the highest level of safety for the FAA,” said Rachel Jackson, Air Traffic Control Association Board Chair, “Teri should be commended for her steadfast leadership in the early days of the Covid-19 Pandemic and how the FAA immediately pivoted to the tremendous changes that were required as a result of the pandemic. The air traffic system remained active while much of the rest of the world shut down.”

In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Bristol joins aviation leaders, including European ATM executive Massimo Garbini, former FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell, the Honorable Linda Hall Daschle, Delta Airlines’ Richard Anderson, former NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Honorable Jane Garvey, and the late former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. as a part of the ATCA Global Conference and Exposition.

For more information about the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, visit https://www.atca.org/get-involved/glen-a.-gilbert-memorial-banquet.