As a senior vice president at O’Neill and Associates, Peter Goelz offers decades of leadership in aviation, federal relations, and crisis communications. Mr. Goelz has managed the Washington, DC office for O'Neill and Associates since joining the firm in 2005. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Goelz worked for an international public relations firm where his clients included major airlines, aviation maintenance companies, the largest fractional aviation company in the world, and leading transportation safety and security firms.
Aviation issues Mr. Goelz has worked on include age 65 retirement for U.S. pilots; slot and rout issues at major airports; TSA security and screening and numerous safety issues.
Previously, Mr. Goelz served as Managing Director of the National Transportation Safety Board. He is widely hailed as one of the country's most experienced coordinators in disaster situations.
After joining the NTSB in 1995, Mr. Goelz served as Director of the offices of government affairs, public affairs and family affairs as well as Managing Director. As Managing Director, his responsibilities included handling the day-to-day operations of the 400-person agency and serving as chief policy advisor to the Chairman. In addition, he managed the passage of the agency's re-authorization and appropriations legislation and testified on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Goelz was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the NTSB’s efforts to support the families of victims and survivors of major transportation disasters, a role Congress gave to the NTSB in 1996 following the TWA accident off the coast of New York. During his tenure as Managing Director, Mr. Goelz drafted the Family Assistance Act and the Foreign Family Assistance Act. In addition, he directed family support and communication efforts for numerous accidents, including those in aviation, highway, railroad, marine and pipeline.
Mr. Goelz was on scene and directed investigative activities at several aviation accidents, including ValuJet in Miami; TWA off the coast of New York; EgyptAir off the coast of Rhode Island; American Airlines in Arkansas; and the J. F. Kennedy, Jr. accident off the coast of Massachusetts. Mr. Goelz also directed investigative activities in numerous rail and other surface accidents, including those involving Amtrak trains in Illinois and Maryland.
In addition to working at the NTSB, Mr. Goelz was also detailed to the White House to work on trade issues and the logistics of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle.
In the private sector, Mr. Goelz worked with major airlines, pilot unions, and OEMs advising them on safety and security matters. His current and past clients have included Alaska Airlines, PG&E, Netjets, Presidential Airways, L3 Communications, MassPort/Logan Airport, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and Lufthansa.
Prior to joining the government in 1995, Mr. Goelz’s assignments included working with the Government of Kuwait during the first Gulf War while they were in exile. Mr. Goelz managed a communications office in Taif, Saudi Arabia and served as a liaison between the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Sates Government.
Mr. Goelz is a sought-after commentator on aviation issues appearing regularly on CNN, Fox, CBS, BBC, CCCTV, Al Jazeera and Al Hurra TV. His written commentary has appeared in numerous national and international outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, and Aviation Daily.
Mr. Goelz is a member of the Aero Club of Washington, the International Aviation Club, and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).
Mr. Goelz, his wife, and two daughters reside in Alexandria, Virginia.