2023 LRW @ NRC-REMSA Exhibition Conference Speakers

Andrea Niethold, Director of Government Affairs



Jacqueline Peets, Director of DEI

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Jacqueline Peets-Graves is the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Norfolk Southern in Atlanta, GA.
She began her professional career at Norfolk Southern as a Transportation Management Trainee in Kansas City, Missouri.  After years in Transportation, Jackie’s desire to continuously challenge herself led her to explore roles in various NS departments including Casualty Claims, where she negotiated toxic exposure claims and managed Discovery for cases in litigation.  Strategic Planning, where she primarily managed public private partnerships. And most recently, Human Resources, where she blends her organizational expertise, with her passion for fostering an inclusive & equitable organizational culture, as a leader on the DEI team. 
Jackie holds an undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and a graduate degree from The College of William & Mary.  She has been recognized as one of Railway Age’s Fast Tracker–10 Under 40 and has been recognized for her longstanding work with Employee Resource Groups. 
Jackie is inspired daily by her husband (a fellow railroader), their two children, and by the many opportunities to be a catalyst for positive change at work and within her community.  


Anne Whaley, Assistant Legal Counsel


Rachel Maleh, Executive Director

Operation Lifesaver

Rachel Maleh is Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc., the national, nonprofit rail safety education organization based in Washington, D.C. Maleh has over 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management, communications, marketing, fundraising, organizational development, and leadership transition planning.

Prior to joining Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Maleh ran a communications consulting firm offering comprehensive nonprofit management services. Previously, she was Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association. Her experience also includes serving as Senior Advisor/Chief of Staff with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Maleh has advanced degrees both in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University as well as a Master of Science in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.