Executive Team

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Commissioner, Ginger Evans  

Commissioner

Ginger S. Evans

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Ginger S. Evans manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports. In 2016, Chicago’s airports handled more than 100 million passengers, over one million operations and 1.7 million tons of cargo. Evans is also charged with implementing a capital plan for O’Hare — focused on customer service, supporting tenant requirements, increasing O’Hare’s already robust global connectivity, and increasing the airfield’s efficiency and capacity.

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Deputy Commissioner, Finance, Nafees Ahmed  

Deputy Commissioner, Finance

Nafees Ahmed

Nafees Ahmed serves as Deputy Commissioner of Finance for O’Hare and Midway International Airports since June 2004. In this position, Mr. Ahmed is responsible for providing management oversight for Budgeting, Rates & Charges, Fiscal Planning, Revenue Generation and Collection, Auditing, Accounts Receivable and Warehouse Operations of the airports.

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Deputy Commissioner, Security  

Deputy Commissioner, Security

Arthur Everett


 
Diego Ferrer 

Managing Deputy Commissioner, IT and Telecom

Diego Ferrer

Diego Ferrer leads the strategic planning efforts of the Information Technology/ Telecommunications division to support the mission of the Chicago Department of Aviation.​ He leads the efforts to develop solutions that improve the customer experience, reduce costs and enhance operational efficiencies.

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Aaron Frame  

Deputy Commissioner, Noise Abatement & Environment

Aaron Frame

Aaron Frame is the Deputy Commissioner of Environment for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).

In that r​ole, he brings 23 years of experience to all aspects of environmental planning, environmental compliance, sustainability, and airport noise for both O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

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James Harney  

Deputy Commissioner, Facilities

James Harney


 
William Helm  

Deputy Commissioner, Vehicle Services

William Helm


 
Deputy Commissioner, Communications  

Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Lauren Huffman


 
Erika Ituassu  

Chief of Staff

Erika Ituassu



 
Susan Kurland  

Deputy Commissioner, Air Service Development

Susan Kurland

Susan Kurland joined the Chicago Department of Aviation as Deputy Commissioner of Air Services Development for O’Hare and Midway International Airports in May 2016. She brings more than 25 years in executive leadership transportation positions in both the public and private sectors, serving most recently as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

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Alejandro Leon  

Deputy Commissioner, Design and Construction

Alejandro Leon


 
William Lonergan  

Deputy Commissioner, Safety

William Lonergan


 
George Lyman  

Managing Deputy Commissioner, Airfield Operations​

George Lyman



 
Juan Manzano  

Deputy Commissioner, Concessions

Juan Manzano


 
Managing Deputy Commissioner, Midway, Erin O'Donnell  

Managing Deputy Commissioner, Midway

Erin O'Donnell

Erin O'Donnell is the Managing Deputy Commissioner of Chicago Midway International Airport. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the airport including finance and administration, airside and landside operations, vehicle services, and community relations. Ms. O'Donnell oversees a $140 million operating budget. During her tenure, Ms. O'Donnell has managed two major initiatives at Midway: the Long-Term Lease of Midway and the Midway Terminal Development Program.

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Karen Pride  

Director, Media Relations

Karen Pride


 
Robye Scott  

Deputy Commissioner, Human Resources & Workforce Dev.

Robye Scott


 
Kieran Sheridan  

Chief Operating Officer

Kieran Sheridan



 
Costas Simos  

Deputy Commissioner, Midway Operations

Costas Simos


 
Reshma Soni  

Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chief Financial Officer

Reshma Soni


 
Charis Tripplet  

Deputy Commissioner, Real Estate

Charis D. Tripplet


 
Managing Deputy Commissioner of Safety and Security, Andrew Velasquez III  

Managing Deputy Commissioner, Safety and Security

Andrew Velasquez III

Andrew Velasquez III serves as Managing Deputy Commissioner of Safety and Security for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). In this role, he is responsible for leading the multi-layered security strategy that enables more than 100 million passengers to safely travel through O’Hare and Midway International Airports each year.

Prior to joining the CDA, Velasquez served as the Presidentially appointed Administrator of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region V from 2010-2016, where he was responsible for coordinating preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. During his tenure at FEMA, he directed federal response and recovery efforts for 35 major disasters and emergencies declared by the President of the United States.

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First Deputy Commissioner, Susan Warner-Dooley  

First Deputy Commissioner

Susan Warner-Dooley

First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), overseeing the business, financial and administrative functions for O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

Susan has more than 25 years of airport related experience and has served as a senior airport executive at large and medium hub airport s​ystems including international gateway airports, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department and the Columbus Airports Authority.

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Jim Weier  

General Counsel

James​ Weier



 
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