Rob Lowe is the Regional Administrator for Federal Aviation Administration's Southwest Region, including the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Rob is the FAA Administrator’s principal representative for this region and its 4,900 employees. As Regional Administrator, he provides corporate leadership and represents the FAA before industry, government organizations, and civic and private interest groups. He directs delivery of corporate services in the region including command and communication operations, building and facility services, executive services, and cross-organizational project integration.
Rob also serves as the Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) supporting FEMA Region VI. As the DOT executive lead for Transportation Emergency Support Function (ESF-1) across a large multi-state area, he leads DOT emergency transportation programs across all DOT modes while ensuring development, training and deployment of emergency preparedness/response plans. As the RETCO, Rob serves as the executive point of contact and linkage to transportation stakeholders, local, state and federal agencies and elected officials.
Rob Lowe has more than 36 years of FAA experience and has held numerous leadership positions across multiple service units within the agency. The majority of his public service career has been in the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) in roles that include the Central Service Area Director of Operations for Air Traffic Services South, Terminal Operations, Technical Operations and System Operations. Known for his systemic operational expertise and customer relations, Rob also has spent a number of years in the Washington DC area working in FAA HQ and the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC). He has also led large service delivery point facilities such as Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), and all the Air Traffic Control Towers and TRACONs in Northern Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Extensive experience in Crisis Response and Emergency Operations is another trademark of Rob Lowe’s federal service playing crucial leadership roles in response to events such as September 11, 2001, Hurricanes, wild fires and floods. He served as the senior Department of Transportation representative (S-1) in New Orleans, Louisiana, immediately after Hurricane Katrina leading the evacuation, response and initial restoration for which he was recognized with the Department of Transportation’s highest award (Gold Medal) for his actions.
Born in Albuquerque, NM, Rob is also an accomplished Sports Public Address Announcer. He is often heard across Texas and around the country announcing Airshows, as well as High School, NCAA, and Professional sporting events.