I raised both my son and daughter in Hillsborough County and they attended public schools. I worked for 30 years as an air traffic controller and now it's time for me to give back to my community. Strengthening public education is how we can better prepare the next generation to transition from the classroom to the workplace. As a parent, I have a passion for our schools and public education. I will bring this passion, along with common sense, hard work, and collaboration to work every day to find the solutions to the challenges we face.

I will bring to the board the ability to make tough decisions, to ask the right questions and to spend tax dollars wisely. My years of handling critical situations as an air traffic controller, of inspiring teamwork and collaboration in a complex environment, and applying good management techniques have uniquely prepared me for this challenge.

My life experience of growing up in Florida, raising my children to become successful adults and being engaged with our public schools and city, county, and state governments gives me insight into our failures and where opportunity for success lies. If we are failing one child, we are failing too many.

Every child deserves an opportunity for a good education, but each child in our schools is unique, we have to recognize a good education is not just one track; a good education might mean preparing for technical schools and trades for some and college for others. Our schools must prepare all our students to enter the workforce with the needed skills to succeed. Succeed not only in the workplace, but succeed in our community. I know the solution to our challenges is with our families, teachers, and in our classrooms, not in the bureaucracy of downtown government or in the chambers of Tallahassee.

The innovations and solutions we need are here in our community. We'll find these innovations and solutions by listening and working collaboratively with our teachers and principals, our business community, our civic and spiritual leaders and our PTA/PTSAs.

Alan Clendenin Background and Experience

2012-Present FDP First Vice Chair, ASDC member, DNC member
2003-2012 Air Traffic Management
St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Sarasota and Tampa
2010-Present Tampa Bay Committee for Foreign Relations
2010 Tampa Bay EEO Award recipient for exemplifying integrity and commitment to equal opportunity in the Federal Aviation Administration, presented by Matilda Garcia
2006-2009 Lead Investigator in Operational Error, Operational Deviation, Pilot Deviation, and Air Traffic Incident and Accident investigations
2006-2009 Air Traffic Facility Evaluations Team, conducted periodic evaluation for compliance with rules, laws, procedures, policies, and regulations
2006-2009 Special Event Air Traffic Manager, established temporary air traffic operations at two airfields to support the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Convention. Responsible for hiring, procurement, equipment, supplies, the development of technical procedures, creation of training materials and conducted comprehensive classroom and hands on training.
2003-2005 Represented the FAA on the Pinellas County Noise Task Force
I was tasked with educating local elected leaders, airport executives and community leaders on the complexities of air traffic. This assignment required tact and diplomacy and the ability to articulate agency policy and procedures.
2003-2005 FAA Liaison to the National Football League
2004-2008 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in, Assistant Air Traffic Manager, developed training material, drafted and tracked a budget, created Letter of Agreements and Memorandum of Understandings, created work schedules, coordinated and served as a focal point for FAA facilities, and coordinated equipment requirements and installation to support air traffic service at the United States second largest aviation event.
2005 Special Event Air Traffic Manager, managed air traffic services at two temporary air traffic control towers to support the 2005 AOPA Expo. Developed procedures, created training material, coordinated with the military, airport representatives and across FAA lines of business, and worked closely with AOPA representatives to facilitate a safe operation to support their largest convention.
2004 FAA Southern Star Operational Excellence Award
2004-2016 DNC Delegate
1997-2002 Chairman of the NATCA National Legislative Chair
As chair I worked collaboratively to develop legislative policy in consultation with committee members, staff and elected officials. The committee established and created regional grassroots training programs for legislative activity of air traffic controllers. Advocated for air traffic safety and efficiencies to Congress and The White House.
2002 Special Event Air Traffic Manager, Plant City temporary tower to support the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In
2000 DNC Rules Committee
1996-1998 Southern Region Executive Board, NATCA
1996-Present Precinct Committeeman
1994-1997 Southern Region Legislative Committee NATCA
1992-1994 FAA St. Petersburg Air Traffic Control Tower Advisory Board
1993-1994 FAA Quality Through Partnership (Collaborative management) Leadership Team
1996-1999 FAA Florida West Coast Executive Board
1996-1999 FAA Central Florida Hub Executive Board
1981-2003 Air Traffic Control
1977-1979 Counselor for juveniles in trouble with law enforcement agencies 
I provided a positive role model for several teenagers.
If they had a problem at home or school, I was someone they could talk to and seek advice from. All the children I worked with successfully completed probation without incident.

Begning early in my air traffic control career, I was a frequent participant in Great American Teach in programs throughout the Tampa Bay area.

While attending junior high through community college, I held multiple jobs; flea market, paperboy, janitor, busboy, bank teller and Walt Disney World.

Training and Certification

Teaching Techniques “Train the Trainer”
Customer Focus Training
Basic and Advanced Labor-Management Relations
A Positive Approach to Discipline
Fundamentals of Supervision
Dispute Resolution
Executive Speaking
Certified Operations Practitioner, Safety Risk Management
Leadership Development and Labor Relations
Emergency Management
Certified on the Job Instructor
Certified Performance Evaluator
Certified Classroom Instructor (Air Traffic Control)
Train the Trainer Certification
Basic Arbitration Training
Situational Leadership Training


1979-1981 University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO)
1977-1979 Valencia Community College (Orlando, FL)