The National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) has appointed Chana Elgin as its new director of public affairs.
Elgin will be tasked with boosting the NRC’s public profile, which the association said is intended to serve as “the voice of the railroad construction industry within Washington and beyond.” She will be responsible for implementing the association’s array of media strategies.
“Being selected for the public affairs director role with the NRC is truly an invaluable opportunity to converge my academic and professional credentials,” Elgin said. “I am very much looking forward to creatively serving our members and the entire rail community, while continuing to enhance the association’s stellar reputation in the industry.”
Before joining the NRC, Elgin served as a clerk for the Texas Legislature’s Committee on State Affairs. She previously worked in the U.S. Senate while attending law school at The Catholic University of America, where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree with a concentration in banking and securities regulations.
“Chana comes to us with a new set of skills and perspectives for our organization,” NRC President Chuck Baker said. “She is a bright, sunny personality and, given her qualifications, we are confident she will be a great addition to our team. I’m eager for NRC members to meet her.”
Following graduation, she worked with Cox Media Group as the managing editor for the conglomerate’s digital platform, Rare.
Elgin previously interned for Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX-22) and Kay Granger (R-TX-12), as well as for CBS’ 60 Minutes as a production assistant.
She also worked for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), serving as a press assistant before receiving the office’s Banking and Finance Committee portfolios as a correspondent, when she assisted with the passage of several legislative initiatives, the NRC said.
In addition to her law degree, Elgin is an alumna of Texas Tech University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual major in broadcast journalism and political science, in addition to gaining a minor in Spanish.