National Director, Ports and Intermodal
Rachel Vandenberg PE, is vice president and national director for ports and intermodal for the nationwide professional services firm Dewberry. In this role, she works daily in the advancement of goods movement infrastructure across highway, rail and marine networks.
Prior to joining Dewberry, Rachel’s previous positions have included ports and marine market sector manager, intermodal practice leader, and transit rail market sector manager at AECOM. With more than 25 years of strategic planning, engineering, and project management across multiple modes, she offers an expert understanding of the complex transportation networks that support the economic and social viability of our communities.
Rachel has supported the development of strategic plans and policies at state and local levels and has set forth a framework for planning and investment of capital projects and programs around the country and overseas. She has supported project delivery for transportation projects across multiple modes, such as the Alameda Corridor for which she was engaged in direct coordination of policy and procedures required to implement this $2 billion program. At the state level, Rachel spearheaded the development of a comprehensive maritime strategy for North Carolina, identifying economic opportunities along with road, rail and port infrastructure requirements required to meet the needs of the state’s waterborne trade. Recognized for her understanding of best practices for freight systems planning and development, Rachel served as technical advisor to the Victoria State Government of Transport to sustain and develop interstate freight rail capacity and supply chain efficiency in Melbourne Australia.
As a licensed professional engineer, Ms. Vandenberg offers the vision of a professional who knows the realities of design and cost of construction. She has directed numerous technical and financial studies, environmental studies, design, and construction supervision on behalf of state departments of transportation, regional and municipal transportation agencies, class 1 railroads, private operators and developers, and port authorities.