Huntley A. Lawrence, a 34-year veteran of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who became Director of Aviation in January 2017, is responsible for managing one of the world's largest airport systems with revenues of $2.8 billion and a staff of over 1,500 aviation professionals. Prior to becoming director, Huntley served as Deputy Director of Aviation, a role he had held since May 2014.
Beginning his Port Authority career in Airport Operations, Huntley held positions of increasing responsibility at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International (EWR) and JFK International airports. In 1993, he accepted a position in the Properties and Commercial Development Division at EWR, where he negotiated leases and operating agreements with existing and prospective tenants and managed properties at Teterboro and Newark Liberty International airports. He subsequently joined EWR's Airport Operations Division, and was successively promoted into the positions of Manager, Landside & Customer Services; Assistant Manager, Airport Services; and Manager of the Airport Services Division. In the latter position, he was responsible for the Airside, Security and International Facility units and worked successfully in managing the transition from FAA civilian security staff to U.S. Transportation Security Administration officers following the tragic events of 9/11.
In 2006, Huntley became Senior Manager, Security and Technology for the Port Authority Aviation Department. In this assignment, he developed the Aviation Security Business Plan, managed the Department's $200 million Security Capital Plan, and coordinated security policy for the Port Authority's five airports. In 2007, he returned to EWR as Deputy General Manager, New Jersey Airports, a position he held until he was appointed General Manager, New Jersey Airports in October 2011. Huntley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Dowling College. He is Vice Chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives' Airport Legislative Alliance, Chair of the International Facilitation Sub-committee, and a member of AAAE's Policy Review Committee. He is a member of the board at Airports Council International-North America, the Wings Club Foundation, NYC & Co. and USO Metropolitan of New York, and a member of the FAA's Management Advisory Council and NextGen Advisory Committee. He is also a licensed pilot.