Lauren Stover is the Assistant Aviation Director in charge of Public Safety and Security for Miami International Airport (MIA) and Miami-Dade County’s system of airports.
Stover is the first woman in the history of Miami International Airport (MIA) to direct the airport’s day-to-day Security, Police and Fire Rescue operations for the Department. She was recognized by United States Attorney Wilfredo F. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida in receiving the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2010 – 2011 joining other distinguished federal, state and local law enforcement officers, a distinction never before given to Miami International Airport’s Security Director.
Stover, a 31-year veteran of Miami-Dade County government, was recruited in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from Miami International Airport (MIA) where she was the Associate Director for Public Affairs for nearly a decade.
DHS tasked Stover with building the first comprehensive public affairs operation within the TSA for the southeastern United States and named her chief media spokesperson for more than 60 airports. On March 1, 2003 when the Department of Homeland Security commenced operations, Stover was appointed to coordinate Public Affairs for all DHS components in the southeastern United States. In 2003 she received the Gold Medal Award from the TSA for her performance, and in 2004 she received a Unified Best Practices Award from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In 2004, Stover was promoted to Eastern Field Director for TSA’s Office of Strategic Communications, overseeing security-related public outreach programs for more than 200 airports in 20 states.
During her tenure at the TSA, Stover was at the helm of numerous sensitive news stories that negatively affected both the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. She conducted in-depth interviews with every major news organizations in the U.S. and globally on matters of national security.
Stover was also hand-picked by the Department to stand up a Joint Information Center (JIC) in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina under the former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who was the federal official to lead hurricane recovery efforts in 2005.
Stover’s knowledge of civil aviation security and incident management extends well beyond the aviation sector, having been the first Public Affairs Director in the Department of Homeland Security to test a key role in the National Response Plan during the largest weapons of mass destruction exercise in U.S. history.
Stover works with virtually all key law enforcement agencies, local, state and federal, on Homeland and Aviation security events and issues, and is well known in the Aviation community as a leader in crisis management.
She is also recognized for launching the Behavior Pattern Recognition program for MIA employees in 2006 making MIA the first airport in the United States to mandate the training to all airport workers. Due to Stover’s efforts, more than 70,000 employees have received the training with her earning a National Association of Counties award for the Aviation Department.
Stover also represented U.S. airports testifying before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee in April 2007 on the issue of screening airport workers and was one of six women in 2007 to receive an International Women's Day Award from World Trade Center Miami. She was also featured in a worldwide National Geographic documentary, “Inside MIA”, in her role as MIA’s Security Director as well as Travel Channel’s “Airport 24/7: Miami” which has been seen by over 15 million viewers. She was named by South Florida Business Leader as one of South Florida’s top leaders earning her the 2011 Women Extraordinaire Award. Stover also serves on the Executive Board of the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force as the aviation security representative covering Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Deputy Director / CFO
- Business Retention & Development
- Facilities Management
- Governmental Affairs
- Minority Affairs
- Public Safety and Security
- Senior Executive Assistant & Deputy Chief of Staff
- Airside Operations, Noise Abatement and Wildlife, Aviation Enforcement and General Aviation Airpors (GAA)
- Aviation Planning, Land Use and Grants
- Cash Management
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Commodities Management
- Contracts Administration
- Facilities Management and Project Administration
- Financial Planning and Performance Analysis
- Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs
- General Aviation Airports
- Human Resources
- Information Systems
- Landside Operations
- Professional Compliance
- Protocol and International Affairs
- Public & Customer Relations
- Terminal Maintenance
- Utilities Maintenance