Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems, comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports, which serves more than 100 million passengers each year and propels Chicago as a global leader for air cargo activity. Chicago’s airports are also among the most connected in the world, serving more than 260 locations via 50 different commercial carriers to 46 countries worldwide.
Deputy Commissioner, Finance
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.
Deputy Commissioner, Security
Managing Deputy Commissioner, IT & Telecom
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.
Deputy Commissioner, Noise Abatement & Environment
Aaron Frame is the Deputy Commissioner of Environment for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA).
In that role, 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.
Deputy Commissioner, Facilities
Deputy Commissioner, Vehicle Services
Deputy Commissioner, Communications
Deputy Commissioner, Air Service Development
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).
Deputy Commissioner, Design & Construction
Deputy Commissioner, Safety
Managing Deputy Commissioner, Airfield Operations
Managing Deputy Commissioner, Midway
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.
Director, Media Relations
Deputy Commissioner, Human Resources & Workforce Dev.
Chief Operating Officer
Deputy Commissioner, Midway Operations
Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chief Financial Officer
Deputy Commissioner, Real Estate
Charis D. Tripplet
Managing Deputy Commissioner, Safety & 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.