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 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 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 joined the NRC in this new position in 2020 with more than 20 years on of accounting experience. In this new position, Nicole 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.
“For the FRA Part 219 and 243 implementation, the NRC was especially helpful for us in that they provide member companies guidance in how to comply with the ever-changing federal regulations. We also value the annual safety awards which we use to motivate our employees to uphold the highest level of safety as well as in business development materials.”
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