Winsome Lenfert was appointed as Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports, on February 1, 2017.
The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operations (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards approximately $3.3 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling approximately $2 billion. The office is also responsible for national airport planning, as well as environmental and social requirements. The office establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization.
Winsome graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in Professional Pilot Technology and Aviation Administrations with a minor in Business Administration and from Indiana University with a Masters in Public Affairs. She has a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and held a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.
She began her aviation career working for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) as Chief Airport Inspector. She began her career with the FAA as an Airport Certification Safety Inspector. Since then she has held many positions with the FAA including Airport Certification/Safety Specialist in Washington, DC; Community Planner for the O'Hare Modernization Program in Chicago, Illinois; Assistant Manager of the Detroit Airport District Office in Detroit, Michigan; and both Manager of Regional Operations and Director for the Airports Division Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an active member of Indiana State University, Indiana University and Sigma Kappa Alumni Associations; and Women in Aviation International.