Into politics for day 25, Amanda Simpson (1961 – ) is the first transgender lady to be appointed to the White House administration.
Previous to being in politics at the highest level, Simpson participated in the Bates Aeronautics Program while a student at Harvey Mudd College. She earned her single engine land private pilot’s license in 1981, a commercial pilot’s license with instrument privileges in 1983, and became a certified flight instructor – airplane in 1988 and an instrument instructor in 1989. In 1988 she added a multi-engine class rating to her commercial license to qualify for transfer to Hughes Missile Systems as a project test engineer and pilot. Simpson upgraded to an Airline Transport Pilot’s (ATP) license in 1994 after adding multi-engine to her flight instructor ratings in 1991. In 1997 she added single-engine sea (float planes and flying boats) to her ATP license. In 2005 she became one of only a few licensed pilots flying FAA-certified unmanned aircraft in the national airspace system.
As of 2009, she has flown over 60 different makes and models of aircraft and has accumulated over 2700 flight hours.
In late 2009, Simpson accepted an appointment by the Obama Administration, where she served as the Senior Technical Adviser to the Bureau of Industry and Security. In July 2011, Simpson was reposted to the Pentagon, following this, she was detailed to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, where she served as the Deputy Executive Director until January 2014, when she was named the Executive Director by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment (ASA-IEE) In September 2015, Simpson was sworn in as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy.
You can read an interview with her here: http://www.refinery29.com/amanda-simpson-army-transgender-interview