Tell us about your job.
Amtrak is a federally chartered corporation, operated and managed as a for-profit company, but with the U.S. government as its controlling shareholder. Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces on more than 21,400 miles of routes. I am a Government Affairs and Public Policy Analyst, and my position is within the Government Affairs Department, located in Washington, DC. My role is to help write the grant request to Congress each year, monitor compliance with the Appropriations Law and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), as well as produce informative materials for my team.
What has been the most impactful project you’ve worked on at your job so far?
A highlight of my job so far has been helping with and attending the B&P Tunnel replacement event in Baltimore, MD, with speakers including President Joe Biden, Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Governor Wes Moore. The replacement of the 150-year-old tunnel is one of many infrastructure projects along the Northeast Corridor that will help improve passenger rail service between Washington, DC, and Boston. During my time at Brown, I used Amtrak to travel to Washington, DC, and New York City, and I believe that passenger rail in the United States has been neglected for far too long. We need to start improving existing infrastructure so that trains can become a viable alternative to planes and cars. I am excited that my job allows me to be part of a new era of transportation in the United States.