NRC STAFF

The NRC staff has extensive rail and association management experience. Team members direct the association from the NRC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Ashley
 
Wieland
President

Ashley returned to lead the NRC as President in 2019 after serving in various leadership capacities at the association earlier in her career, including operations, conference management and government affairs. She has more than 10 years of integrated experience in government relations and association management. In her most recent position as Director of State Government Relations for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Ashley established and built the association’s state government relations program. She previously held other government relations positions in Washington, D.C, serving with the Design-Build Institute of America and on congressional staff. Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California - Riverside.

Michael
 
McGonagle
Vice President of Government Affairs & Operations

Michael has learned about the NRC and the rail industry from the ground up through his vital work directing the operations of the association. Since joining the NRC in 2018, he has managed its budget and daily activities, helped to plan and organize the annual conference and other major events, and assisted with the advocacy efforts. His extensive experience coaching lacrosse has contributed to his success in working with members, stakeholders and other industry professionals to advance the mission of the NRC. Michael grew up in the D.C. metro area and completed several internships on Capitol Hill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, with a concentration in Professional Sales, from James Madison University.

Nicole
 
Womach
Vice President of Finance

Nicole joined the NRC in 2020 with more than 20 years of accounting experience. She was promoted to Vice President of Finance in 2023 and is is responsible for the NRC’s financial operations, including the annual budget, day-to-day management and forecasting, and information and asset management. She is a valuable member resource, serving as a liaison to the Finance committee and a support to committee chairs to help ensure the efficient operations of the association. She most recently served as Director of Finance and Administration for the United Motorcoach Association (UMA), where she directed the financial operations and administrative functions for UMA, UMA Foundation and UMA-PAC (Political Action Committee).

Matt is the President and Founder of TGA Association Management Solutions LLC (TGA AMS), an association management and government affairs solutions firm engaged by the NRC. Matt also leads Tai Ginsberg & Associates LLC (TGA), a transportation lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. Matt has firsthand knowledge of the NRC’s mission, operations, events, and regulatory & government affairs through his prior service on its staff. He is a skilled government relations professional, with more than 10 years of experience lobbying on behalf of the transportation industry as well as service in staff positions in the U.S. House and Senate, on political campaigns and in political media consulting. 

Marian
 
Barreto
Operations and Meeting Manager

Marian joined the NRC in 2023 with nearly 10 years of operations management experience. In this new position, Marian helps to manage NRC programs and events and support the association’s annual conference. She also collaborates with association leadership and members to manage the membership database and annual renewals, coordinate association committee work, and produce the membership newsletter. Marian most recently served as Chief Operations Officer for MAZ Management, a seven-location, multidisciplinary dental group in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. She attended Florida International University in Miami, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Management.

What our members say…

It’s a great way to start off the new year strong. It’s a very collaborative experience where you can get a good feel from the railroads’ capital project plans through their presentations…It’s an opportunity for everyone to share ideas, best practices, and what may be working, and what’s challenging.

Eric Hasemeyer

Director, Business Development

Ragnar Benson Construction LLC.

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