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FAA Pride Director-at-Large

George Kelley

Safety & Occupational Health

George Kelley with daughter and husband

My name is George Kelley (he/him), and I’ve been in the FAA for 32 years.  The first 16 as an Air Traffic Controller and the second 16 as a Headquarters-level Occupational Safety and Health Program Manager.  I love my job but say that I’ve got the best of both worlds.  I have a Headquarters position but am happily remote staffed in Minnesota.  I’m also the National Safety Representative for the AFSCME Bargaining Unit.

In 2000, I met the love of my life.  We like to say that we met the old fashioned way – on the Internet.  My husband and I had the very first same-sex celebration at our church in 2001, so just celebrated our 20th Anniversary this summer.  Ten years after that, on the same date in June 2011, we made it legal with a wedding.  Our 17-year-old daughter often rolls her eyes at her two dads, but her friends think our family is pretty cool.

I have been a passionate and long-time advocate for LGBTQA+ rights and freedoms, and will continue to do so, in the local community, nationally, and within the FAA.  I have been blessed with having had supportive colleagues and managers all along my career.  Now, having the first openly gay Secretary of Transportation is like another breath of fresh air.  Step-by-step, history is moving forward.  And I am privileged to be in a position to try and help as I can.

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