Huerta has served as FAA's Acting Administrator since December 2011. During this time, he has successfully managed FAA's workforce of 47,000 employees during a trying period of budget shortfalls and hiring freezes.
Huerta received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Riverside and his master's in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Huerta was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce from 1986 to 1989. In January 1989, he left to serve as the executive director of the Port of San Francisco until 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he held senior positions at the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., serving under Secretaries Federico Peña and Rodney E. Slater during the Clinton Administration.