Summary

Versatile, astute & reliable professional with 17+ years of progressive responsibility in aviation supporting organizational goals and optimizing budget(s). Diversified skill sets covering policy, airport management, grant acquisition, airport operations, wildlife management, security management, public safety, emergency management, program & project management and air traffic control. 

Work History

Work History

Airport Operations Manager/Management Specialist

City of Palo Alto
Feb 2015 - Present

Administer all Airport programs.  I.e. Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, Airport Emergency Plan, Airport Operations Manual, Airport Security Plan, Airport Certification Manual (voluntary participation), Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures, HazMat Business Plan, Noise Abatement Program, Lease Management, Aircraft Tracking and Fee Management, Airport Training Program, Safety Management and the Construction Safety and Phasing Plan. Overseer the day-to-day operations of the Airport. Assist with planning extensive Airport short-term and long-term Airport capital projects. Assist in drafting high-level staff reports.

Lead Airport Operations Specialist

City of Palo Alto
Sep 2014 - Jan 2015

Assess and coordinate needs of the Operations Unit following the recent change of hands from a County-managed Airport to a City-managed Airport.  Develop all Airport programs.

Airport Operations Duty Manager

County of san mateo
Jan 2013 - Sep 2014

Assisted the Airport Director in coordinating and supervising the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the San Carlos and Half Moon Bay Airports. Managed the Airports’ environmental, noise abatement, emergency response and security programs; taking all necessary steps to ensure that County airport and FAA rules and regulations are followed; and coordinating the technical and safety training of operations staff.

Interim Airports Manager

County of San Mateo
Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

Plan, coordinate, direct, and evaluate all phases of maintenance, operations, safety, and security activities at airports under County jurisdiction; represent the airports in the development, administration and enforcement of leases and other contracts concerning use of airport lands, facilities and services; supervise technical, clerical and supervisory staff; and perform a variety of technical tasks related to assigned area of responsibility.

Airport Operations Duty Manager

Sep 2009 - Dec 2011

Assisted the Airport Director in coordinating and supervising the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the San Carlos and Half Moon Bay Airports. Managed the Airports’ environmental, noise abatement, emergency response and security programs; taking all necessary steps to ensure that County airport and FAA rules and regulations are followed; and coordinating the technical and safety training of operations staff.

Airport Construction Project Manager

County of San Mateo
Sep 2007 - Sep 2009

Coordinate and administer the technical and administrative activities of construction improvement projects at the San Carlos and Half Moon Bay airports.  

Airport Operations Specialist I/II

County of San Mateo
Oct 2004 - Sep 2007

Perform a wide variety of duties related to the operation and maintenance of airport facilities/equipment and compliance with general aviation and safety regulations.  Provide emergency crash, fire and rescue services; monitor airport activities, aircraft and fueling operations to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local regulations; provide information to airport users regarding air traffic procedures, noise abatement procedures and weather conditions; making regular inspections of facilities and equipment and performing necessary repairs and maintenance.

Sergeant, Radar Air Traffic Controller

United States Marine Corps
Oct 1999 - Oct 2004

Coordinate and control aircraft safely to the runway.  Obtain and update requested clearance information by either automated or non-automated means.  Provide real-time usage of 10,000 square miles of Special Use Airspace.  Provide to Yuma Approach Control and Los Angeles/Albuquerque Centers flight break-up or in trail spacing at specific intervals to help organize and expedite the flow of traffic.  Provide radar assistance to pilots in maintaining area containment to ensure the safety of non-participating aircraft.  Issue Air Traffic Control clearances and advisory information efficiently.  Provide maximum assistance to emergency aircraft. Release Airspace to Centers when not in use providing more direct routes for aircraft saving flight time.

Ramp Services Agent

Continental Airlines, IAH
1999 - 1999

Marshal aircraft, and load/unload and sorting freight and baggage. Assist with aircraft pushback and towing.

Education

Education

Homeland Security Self-study Program

Naval postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense & Security
2014 - 2014

Self-study program.

Aviation Management

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
2002 - 2004

98 Semester Units, anticipated graduation date Spring 2016

Marine Corps Education

Marine Corps INstitute
1999 - 2004

Infantry strategy/tactics, leadership skills, MOS skills

General Studies

College of San Mateo

General Studies

General Studies

Lone Star College System
1998 - 1999

General Studies

13 Semester Units

Certifications

Certifications

Amateur Radio License

Federal Communications Commission
Jan 2008 - Jan 2018
License to operate an amateur station that may transmit on channels in any of 17 frequency bands above 50 MHz with up to 1,500 watts of power. 

Airport Security Coordinator Certificate

American Association of Airport Executives
Jan 2014
Certification for TSR Part 1542.

Public Sector Leadership Academy

Regional Training and Development Consortium for Public Agencies
Jan 2012
The Academy is a four-month program designed to give public sector management employees the opportunity to learn the dynamics and context of leading and managing in the public sector in order to be more strategic and effective in the development and implementation of quality public policy.

Public Sector Supervisory Academy

REGIONAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES
Jan 2013
A four-month program designed for public sector employees to develop their leadership skills and essential core competencies for supervisors. Led by experienced public sector leaders and management development experts, each session is designed to incorporate interactive exercises and real-world case studies to apply fundamental concepts of supervision.

Essential Supervisory Skills Academy

County of San Mateo
Jan 2013
The goal of the Essential Supervisory Skills Academy program is to develop the skills and knowledge to improve working relationships, performance, job satisfaction, and engagement for supervisors and their employees.

Terrorism Liaison Officer Advanced Course: Domestic Terrorism

Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
2014

Countering Violent Extremism: Fusion Center Outreach and Liaison Course

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER
2013

Terrorism and the "The Bulletproof Mind"

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER
2013

Terrorism Liaison Officer Basic Course

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER
2012

References

References

Andrew Swanson, Airport Manager, City of Palo Alto

andrew.swanson@cityofpaloalto.org

Sean O'Donnell, Detective, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, NCRIC

sodonnell@ncric.org

Kurtas Groberg, Special Agent , Federal Bureau of Investigation

kurtas.groberg@ic.fbi.gov