Deputy Associate Administrator for Security & Hazardous Materials Safety
Tonya D. Coultas is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Security & Hazardous Materials Safety (ASH). Ms. Coultas is responsible for implementing and leading the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) aviation security programs that support the safety and security of the National Airspace System (NAS). Ms. Coultas provides executive leadership and direction for the planning, coordination, and implementation of national aviation security policies and programs. This includes internal personnel & physical security, insider threat and investigations, counterterrorism and intelligence support, manned and unmanned systems, disaster emergency planning, response and mitigation, and 24 hour Watch operations. Additionally she oversees the national regulatory compliance and implementation for the transportation of dangerous goods and hazardous materials safety. Under her leadership FAA/ASH has improved aviation safety and security through close partnerships and alliances, a culture of innovation, and development of a dedicated workforce.
Ms. Coultas has over 30 years of combined federal executive, local, state, military, and international experience transforming national and international programs providing authoritative executive level guidance in support of national security, defense, intelligence, safety, disaster response, and crisis management. Before joining the FAA Ms. Coultas served as the Deputy Executive Assistant Administrator for Security Operations at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). There she led a workforce of over 50,000 employees and was responsible for security operations at over 440 airports nationwide.
Before joining TSA, Ms. Coultas served as the Senior Executive for the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection (now CISA), and Senior Executive for FEMA where she led the Homeland Security suite of grants. Prior to DHS Ms. Coultas served as the Executive Director for the DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Ms. Coultas is a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the Maryland Air National Guard where she served for 24 years. During her service she participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. She has served with Headquarters United States European Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-4, and the National Security Agency. She is a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation, and national security. Ms. Coultas holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Toxicology.