Emilio T. González, Ph.D.
Director and Chief Executive Officer, Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Emilio T. González, Ph.D.
As Director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Gonzalez oversees operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation (GA) airports in the Miami area, which together support $33.7 billion in business revenue and more than 280,000 direct and indirect jobs. MIA leads the way, handling in excess of 44 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually, placing it among America’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports. Dr. González has overseen the completion of one of the largest airport expansion programs in the U.S., a $6.5-billion capital improvement program that has added new terminals, roadways and other infrastructure to MIA and the County’s GA airports. In addition, Dr. González personally directs the Department’s government affairs functions at the local, state, federal and international levels. Dr. González has spent most of his career involved in foreign affairs and international security policy. He completed a distinguished 26-year career in the U.S. Army and retired with the rank of Colonel, after serving as Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. He was then appointed – and subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate – as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an Under Secretary position within the Department of Homeland Security in Washington. He earned his M.A. in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College; and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Miami. He has also served as a member of various boards in the banking, technology and social services industries and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations