Sarah Elizabeth Feinberg (born October 3, 1977) is the Interim President of the New York City Transit Authority, and a former Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
Feinberg is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. Her father is attorney Lee Franklin Feinberg, a West Virginia state legislator, and her mother is Mary Elizabeth Stanley, until 2013 a U.S. District Court judge in West Virginia.
She attended Washington and Lee University, where she obtained a B.A. in Politics in 1999. She also attended National Defense University in 2008-09, studying Middle East foreign policy.
Feinberg spent a number of years on Capitol Hill beginning in 1999, including working for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, as the communications director for the House Democratic Caucus, the press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the national press secretary to then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
From 2009-10, she served in the Obama administration as special assistant to the president, and senior advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Feinberg served as Bloomberg LP’s Global Communications Director (2010-11), and as the Director of Policy and Crisis Communications at Facebook (2011-13).
She then in 2013-15 served as chief of staff of United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx in the US Department of Transportation, providing strategic advice and counsel to the Secretary regarding operational and legislative initiatives.
Feinberg from 2015 to 2017 served as the 13th Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, the safety regulator of the U.S. rail system, becoming the second woman in history to lead the agency. She was nominated for the post by President Obama in June 2015, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Feinberg served on the Amtrak Board of Directors during that time, and has been a Member of the Northeast Corridor Commission, starting in 2015.
She in 2017 founded Feinberg Strategies, LLC. It is a strategic business and communications consulting practice focused on the tech sector.
Feinberg was then beginning in February 2019 a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board, where she was the Transit Committee Chair.
She was named the Interim President of the New York City Transit Authority as of March 2020. She stepped away from her position as an MTA Board member while serving as Interim President of the NYC Transit Authority.
Feinberg currently serves on the StoryCorps Board of Directors.
She is a resident of the East Village in Manhattan in New York City.