Catherine (Kate) Lang – Director of the FAA’s Europe, Africa and Middle East Region

Catherine (Kate) M. Lang is the Director of the FAA’s Europe, Africa and Middle East Region in the FAA’s Office of International Affairs.  Based in Brussels, Belgium in the U.S. Mission to the European Union, she is responsible for advancing FAA’s civil aviation goals for safety and efficiency through harmonization of global standards, negotiation of technical assistance agreements with foreign governments, the development of international aviation policy and cooperation through international alliances.  She manages a staff of senior representatives based in Belgium, France, Russia, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates, and a staff in Washington, DC.

Kate has held a number of executive and managerial positions in the FAA.  Before joining the Office of International Affairs in 2013, she served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports for 10 years after serving as the Director of FAA’s Office of Airport Planning and Programming for almost 4 years and the Deputy Director for 2 years.

Prior to joining the Airports organization, she worked for 3 years as Chief of Staff to FAA Deputy Administrator Linda Daschle.  Her first position in the agency, which she joined in 1992, was Assistant Manager for the Policy and Systems Analysis Division of the Office of Aviation Policy and Plans.

Before coming to the agency, she worked for the city of Chicago as Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Aviation.  She received a B. A. from Briar Cliff College and a M.P.S. from Loyola University of Chicago.