Operation Lifesaver Welcomes New Executive Director

Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2018) – The Board of Directors of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) is pleased to welcome Ms. Rachel Maleh as Executive Director of the nonprofit railroad safety education organization. Maleh has served as OLI’s Interim Chief Operating Officer since February 2018.

OLI Board of Directors Chair Jo Strang says, “Rachel Maleh is an accomplished senior executive who has helped lead the OLI team in her previous role. Her experience working with our state partners, and financial supporters, is invaluable. I’m confident that her impressive skillset, and dedication to our mission, will lead to even greater success in this new position.”

“Ms. Maleh’s extensive experience in non-profit management and fundraising will be a great asset to our organization,” says OLI Board Vice-Chair and Treasurer Mark Schulze. “We’re very pleased to have her lead OLI and deliver our important safety message.”

Maleh runs a communications consulting firm in the greater D.C. area. Previously, she was the Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association.

“I’m looking forward to growing our safety effort, and expanding funding, so our valuable safety messages reach even more people,” says Maleh. “We have an excellent team in place to do so, working with established state programs across the county. I can’t wait to get started.”

Maleh has advanced degrees 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. She has also served as a judge for industry competitions.

Maleh succeeds Interim President Wende Corcoran who has helped lead OLI in various positions for two decades. Corcoran returns to her previous role of Vice President.

Maleh resides in Montgomery County, Maryland where she volunteers for arts and community groups.

About Operation Lifesaver - Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides the public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI leads an international observance of Rail Safety Week each September. Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

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About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 


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