OneRail Coalition recently announced that Devon Barnhart will be joining the team on May 13 as Deputy Director.
A lawyer and civil engineer with a focus on transportation policy, Barnhart most recently served as the subcommittee staff director for the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee. She’s served with the Senate Commerce Committee as professional staff since 2013, and earlier as legislative assistant and counsel.
Barnhart was previously director of government affairs and outreach for Smart Growth America, and before that she was a Democratic legislative assistant in the Senate. She’s also worked as legislative counsel for a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and had internships at law firms and with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
Barnhart received her J.D. from Dickinson Law School and has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Bucknell University.
“Devon’s considerable knowledge of rail and transportation issues, as well as her policy expertise, make her a great fit for the OneRail Coalition,” said OneRail Coalition Director Anne Canby. “She will bring new ideas on promoting the benefits and value that make rail the logical transportation mode for the 21st century.”
“Rail is vital for our economy, a cleaner environment and a safer transportation system,” said Barnhart. “I have had the privilege of working on these issues in the House and Senate for more than 10 years and with Members of Congress, who championed the industry. It’s an exciting time for infrastructure issues and the rail industry, and I’m eager to use my experience to help promote the important activities and advancements in the U.S. freight and passenger rail sectors.”