Deborah A. P. Hersman was sworn in as the 12th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on July 28, 2009, following her nomination to the post by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate. Her two-year term as Chairman runs until July 2011. She is also serving a second 5-year term as a Board Member, which expires on December 31, 2013.
Chairman Hersman has been a Member of the NTSB since June 21, 2004. Since then, she has chaired a number of public events hosted by the Board.