Ms. Paquita Kimeco Bradley is the current National President of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE). She was elected in September of 2014 and continues to lead the largest employee association within FAA representing over 1000 members. Paquita previously served as the National Vice President and Southern Region President prior to taking on this leadership role. She is committed to improving employee-management relations and serving as an effective liaison amongst FAA employees and the community at large.
She has garnered support from many companies to include Ascension Aircraft, Wal-Mart and Blue Cross Blue Shield which share her goal of awarding aviation scholarships to deserving underrepresented students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) careers.
Paquita grew up in Bishopville, South Carolina and began her aviation career as a cooperative education student while attending Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She joined the FAA and started her career in the Flight Service option. A few years later, she entered the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Training Program at Atlanta Enroute Air Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) where she worked for over 20 years as a controller and then as a Frontline Manager. Paquita now serves the agency as a subject matter expert within the FAA Quality Assurance Group where she investigates aircraft incidents.
Paquita has per plate full as the NBCFAE National President, actively involved in various organizations and as the mother of 2 beautiful, young adult daughters, Kimberly and Nijah; 2 grandchildren, Jamil and Aliyah and the life coach and mentor of so many others. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Jonesboro, GA where she serves on the Trustee Board along with several other committees. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Morris College Alumni Association, serving on several committees.
Ms. Bradley continues to give of herself and her time to ensure equal representation for minorities while ensuring opportunities for diversity within the FAA.