Jennifer Homendy was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the National Transportation Safety Board, finally returning the team to its standard five-member complement. The board operated with four members between April 2014 and December 2017, a number that dropped to three members since January 2018 until the arrival of its new Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg on Aug. 7. Also, the Board is now evenly split with two male and two female members.
Homendy previously served as the Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was extensively involved in the legislative process and led the Committee’s oversight investigations of the Enbridge pipeline spill in Marshall, Michigan, and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Most recently she led a multimodal review of the Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing program, identifying several safety gaps in the program. Homendy previously held positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Jennifer Homendy is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and is certified by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications on Core HazMat Operations and Missions-Specific PPE and Product Control.