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Rachael Rollins joined the staff of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) as chief legal counsel effective September 3. Retired U.S. Army Major General Maynard "Sandy" Sanders is the new executive director of the Plaquemines Port Harbor & New Terminal District.

Boston: Rachael Rollins Named Massport’s Chief Legal Counsel

Rachael Rollins joined the staff of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) as chief legal counsel effective September 3. In that capacity, she oversees legal activity in all functional areas, including real estate, construction, litigation, employment and ethics, maritime, aviation, security and public finance. 

She comes to Massport from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), where she was the general counsel responsible for all legal affairs at MassDOT and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Rachel Rollins
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"Massport is fortunate to have someone of Rachael’s background, intelligence and dedication in such a critical role,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "In addition to her career at MassDOT and the MBTA, Rachael worked for four years as an assistant U.S. attorney, investigating and prosecuting both civil and criminal cases and defending the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil suits.’’

Ms. Rollins received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Master of Law degree in Labor and Employment from Georgetown University Law Center.

After Georgetown, she was a field attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, and then worked for Bingham McCutchen and Seyfarth Shaw before returning to public service

She is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and this July, she was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Patrick. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including "Top Women of the Law’’ from Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Boston Business Journal’s "40 under 40’’ award, the Volunteer Lawyers Project "Lawyer of the Year" award and selection as one of the "Top 10 Lawyers in New England’’ by the Women’s Business Journal.

Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District Hires New Executive Director

Retired U.S. Army Major General Maynard "Sandy" Sanders is the new executive director of the Plaquemines Port Harbor & New Terminal District. His selection for the position received the unanimous approval of the Plaquemines Parish Council.  

Prior to joining the Plaquemines Port, Gen. Sanders served as the deputy director for operations, communications and business development at Port Corpus Christi.

A native of Mobile, Ala., he holds a BS in General Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and an MS in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

An Airborne- and Ranger-qualified soldier, he commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level. As a brigadier general, he served as the deputy commander for mobilization for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in Fort Eustis (VA) and as the director of the Central Command Deployment Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait. 

As a member of the Senior Executive Services, he served as director of the Defense Energy Supply Center at Fort Belvoir (VA). His last military assignment, he served as the Deputy G4 for U.S. Army Reserve Component Integration, Army Headquarters in the Pentagon as a major general. He has a master’s degree in strategy from the United States Army War College. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit Medal.

In accepting the position, Gen. Sanders declared: "I will start the port’s master plan’s implementation the day I arrive. I know how to lead, and I know how to follow. I look forward to both in implementing the plan and challenging everyone in making it as good as it can be and growing the port into its full potential. I am parachuting in with just my rucksack, so I will be working tirelessly with the port staff, community leadership and all the stakeholders to put this plan into motion and keep it advancing in a positive direction until it is fully realized."

He assumed his duties as executive director on August 5, 2013.
 

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