ASLRRA Names Yurasko General Counsel

Sarah Yurasko

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has named Sarah Yurasko general counsel. She succeeds Keith Borman, who retired after serving as general counsel for 15 years.

Prior to joining ASLRRA, Yurasko served as assistant general counsel for the Association of American Railroads (AAR). At the AAR, she represented railroad member interests before federal agencies and courts and served as counsel to numerous industry safety and operations committees, interacting often with the ASLRRA and its safety and regulatory staff. Before that, she led public outreach for the NEC Infrastructure and Investment Development Business Line and served as chief administrative officer for high speed rail at Amtrak. Additionally, she worked for six years at the Federal Railroad Administration in the office of chief counsel.

Yurasko earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a Master of Arts from American University School of International Service in Washington, DC, and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law. Since 2017, she has served on the Board of Directors for the League of Railway Women and currently serves as vice president.

“I have dedicated my career to working in the railroad industry. I look forward to assisting the ASLRRA and its members in telling the short line story, ensuring that regulators, legislators, and policy makers understand the needs of the small business short line railroads and their suppliers. I’m eager to put my legal and regulatory experience to work supporting short lines, which are a unique and compelling American success story,” Yurasko said.

“We are thrilled to bring Sarah aboard and are very confident that she will bring the breadth and the depth of her industry expertise and her passion for advocacy to the table in support of our members,” said Chuck Baker, ASLRRA president. “I have had the good fortune of working with her in on many issues over the last decade and have witnessed first-hand her attention to detail, constant professionalism, calm demeanor, and wise counsel.”