Sarah Feinberg, who served as U.S. Federal Railroad Administrator in the Obama Administration from 2015 to 2017, has been nominated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fill a vacancy on the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.
Feinberg, who must be confirmed by the State Senate in New York, would replace real estate executive Scott Rechler, who is leaving the MTA board.
Feinberg, who in addition to USDOT experience has an extensive background in public relations and communications, founded Feinberg Strategies, LLC, a New York City-based PR firm, after departing from the FRA following Donald Trump’s election as President. In late 2017, she served the MTA as a Genius Transit Challenge Finalist Judge.
Feinberg joined the USDOT in mid-2013 as chief of staff for Secretary of Transportation Andrew Foxx. In January 2015, Foxx named her Acting Federal Railroad Administrator, replacing Joseph Szabo; the U.S. Senate confirmed her as FRA Administrator on Oct. 28, 2015. Her appointment was simultaneous with the Senate’s vote passing H.R. 3819, which extended the deadline to implement PTC.
Prior to USDOT, Feinberg was a special adviser to President Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel (now Mayor of Chicago), for two years, before holding positions with Bloomberg L.P. and Facebook, serving the latter as director of communications.
Feinberg earned a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1999.