Danielle J. Rinsler, AICP, is Head of Aviation Policy at Uber Technologies where she leads policy efforts for Uber Elevate. Prior to joining Uber, Danielle most recently served as the senior advisor and FAA liaison to the US Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau in the Office of Under Secretary for Transportation Policy. In this role, Danielle led a team of transportation specialists in providing project development and technical support for a range of transportation infrastructure projects, and supported implementation of Executive Order Executive Order 13807: Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects, including related One Federal Decision guidance. She led the Department’s efforts to extend Federal lending to airport infrastructure, including associated policy analysis.
Danielle previously held senior management roles in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Airports and Office of Aviation Safety. From 2015-2016, as Manager of the Management Operations Section of the Office of Aviation Safety’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, she led strategic planning related to UAS integration, and oversaw financial, human resource, employee relations, audit, and other business and planning functions. From 2010-2015, Danielle served as the Assistant Manager of the Airport Planning and Environmental Division (APP-400) in the FAA Office of Airports, providing oversight over national programs related to airport planning, environmental planning and permitting, sustainability planning, climate change, and noise policy, and leading policy initiatives related to airport system development. During this time, Danielle also represented the FAA Office of Airports on the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Rulemaking Committee.
Prior to joining FAA in 2010, Danielle served as the Associate Deputy Airport Director for Planning and Environmental Affairs at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) overseeing the airport’s domestic terminal planning and programming, airfield safety planning, demand management planning, and other initiatives. She previously was the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at SFO, responsible for airport rates and charges and the airport revenue budget. Earlier in her career, she held aviation and economic development consulting positions. Danielle started her aviation career as an aviation planner at the Massachusetts Port Authority at Boston Logan International Airport.
Danielle is an active participant in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). She currently serves as a panel member on the ACRP Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Review Panel and is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning (AV020).
Danielle holds a Master of Regional Planning with specializations in economic development and transportation planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. She holds a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).