Elizabeth Lynn Ray is the Vice President, Mission Support Services for the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) in the Federal Aviation Administration. Mission Support includes various FAA headquarters programs responsible for the rules, policies, and standards for airspace structure, design and allocation; obstruction evaluation; air traffic environmental policy; the design and implementation of area navigation/required navigation performance procedures; the development of air traffic procedures and standards; the production and charting of instrument flight procedures; the development and validation of Air Traffic concepts and requirements; and aeronautical information management. In addition, Mission Support includes the ATO service centers in Atlanta, Dallas, and Seattle. The service centers provide staff support to the Directors of Operation in airspace and procedures, quality assurance, equipment installation and program management, and business and administrative services.
Ray joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 1984, beginning her career as an air traffic control specialist at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center where she held several positions including that of air traffic manager. She also held a variety of FAA regional office and headquarters positions. In 2007, Ray was selected for assignment to the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) as the Government lead for the Air Navigation Services Working Group as part of the partnership to deliver the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Ray held that position until December 2008 when she was selected as a member of the FAA Executive System as the Director of System Operations Airspace and Aeronautical Information Management in the ATO. She was selected as the Vice President, Mission Support Services in November 2010.
Ray holds a B.S. (with honors) in biology from Milligan College; an M.S. in zoology from the University of South Florida; and a J.D. (with honors) from Georgia State University College of Law. She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2001. Ray is also a member of the Air Traffic Control Association and Professional Women Controllers.