Program Director, SBIR
U.S. Department of TransportationRachael Sack is the DOT SBIR Program Director and Acting Chief of the Volpe Center’s Organizational Performance Division. Rachael’s work focuses on strategic outreach, stakeholder coordination and facilitation, and organizational development for transportation planning and environment programs. Since joining the Volpe Center in 2002, Rachael’s work has focused on a variety of transportation areas including environmental streamlining for highway projects, climate change and land use impacts on transportation, railroad safety, and workforce development issues including diversity, mentoring, and onboarding. In November 2012, Rachael was selected as the USDOT’s new Program Director for the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). Prior to this, Rachael has managed the Volpe Center’s Environmental Streamlining and Stewardship Program and Transportation Planning portfolio for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty (HEP) and worked to develop the Volpe Center’s new Mentoring Program launched in 2011. Rachael also facilitates interagency Working Groups and issue-specific meetings with the goals of sharing information across agencies, reaching consensus on key issues, and agreeing to action-oriented solutions. In 2011, Rachael received the Secretary’s EEO/ Affirmative Action Award for her leadership in supporting women in transportation. Rachael has served as Federal Women’s Program Manager for the Volpe Center (2010-2013) and currently is President of the Women’s Transportation Seminar-Boston Chapter. She holds a Masters Degree in Energy and Environmental Analysis and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy, both from Boston University.