Chief of Staff
Sarah Feinberg joined the Department in September 2013 to serve as the department’s Chief of Staff. In this role, Feinberg provides strategic advice and counsel to the Secretary regarding operational and legislative initiatives across all modes of transportation. One of Feinberg’s key priorities is to lead the effort on the Department and Secretary’s $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization plan.
Prior to joining USDOT, Feinberg 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.
Feinberg brings a wealth of Capitol Hill experience to DOT. In 2008 she served in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. As the WH liaison to the Obama economic team, the national security team, and the press and communications departments, she most notably 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, Feinberg 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 Daschle.
Feinberg is a graduate of Washington and Lee University with a degree in politics.