Luisa Fernandez‐Willey is an Assistant Vice President in the Policy & Economics Department at Association of American Railroads (AAR) where she conducts economic and statistical analyses on a broad range of issues affecting the freight railroad industry. Additionally, Luisa designs, implements, and manages information technology systems to support AAR’s research and analysis goals. Prior to joining AAR, Luisa’s professional experience included financial management consulting, and economic research supporting the Maryland state government and private‐sector clients. Luisa has served as lecturer and has published scholarly research in a peer‐reviewed international academic journal. Luisa holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri‐Kansas City and a M.Sc. in Business and Economic Forecasting from Kingston University‐London. She also completed Michigan State University’s Railway Management Certification Program.