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Sarah Feinberg ’99 Named Acting Federal Railroad Administrator

Sarah Feinberg, who graduated in 1999 from Washington and Lee University with a degree in politics, has been named acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration, which regulates freight and passenger service on the national network. At the time of the announcement, she was serving as chief of staff for Secretary of Transportation Andrew Foxx, providing strategic advice and counsel to the secretary regarding operational and legislative initiatives across all modes of transportation.

Before joining USDOT, Sarah served as the director of corporate and strategic communications at Facebook, where she managed the Washington-based outreach and communications, as well as the company’s political and crisis communications. She was also previously Bloomberg LP’s director of communications and business strategy.

In 2008 she served in the Obama Administration as special assistant to Rahm Emanuel, the President’s chief of staff. As the WH liaison to the Obama economic team, the national security team and the press and communications departments, she worked on the White House’s strategic communications response to the country’s fiscal and economic crisis, the H1N1 flu pandemic and the mine disaster in West Virginia.

Prior to serving in the White House, Sarah was the communications director for the House Democratic Caucus, the press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the national press secretary to former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschl