Gibson Heads Human Resources

WASHINGTON, DC - Marion C. Blakey,
administrator of the U.S. Department
of Transportation’s Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), today named
Ventris Cassandra Gibson as the
agency’s assistant administrator for
human resource management. Gibson will
head the office responsible for
personnel, workforce planning,
recruitment and placement,
professional development and
performance-based compensation systems.

Gibson comes to the FAA from the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),
where she served as deputy assistant
secretary for human resources
management, overseeing a $59 million
program with 226,000 employees in the
United States and abroad.

“Ventris knows human resource
management, and she knows aviation,”
said Blakey. “As a former military
controller, she understands the
demands on the FAA. As an innovator,
she will bring a fresh approach to
serving our employees and the

At Veterans Affairs, Gibson directed
the federal government’s second
largest and most complex human
resources management program, which
includes a separate and unique
personnel system for health care

Over the course of her career at
Veterans Affairs, she developed the
department’s first nurse recruiter
training program, restructured all of
the human resources offices in the
Veterans Benefits Administration, and
developed award-winning innovative
practices to prevent workforce
discrimination and improve complaint
processing. As deputy assistant
secretary for resolution management,
Gibson improved the VA’s complaint
processing from nearly last to best in
the government. She was also
recognized by Congress for creating
and managing the best Equal Employment
Opportunity program in the federal


Gibson also developed and implemented
a child-care subsidy program described
by the Office of Personnel Management
as the best in the government.

Gibson served in the U.S. Navy from
1974 to 1977 as an air traffic
controller in various locations around
the world. She attended the University
of Maryland’s University College and
St. James Biblical Institute.