Ailsa "Elsa" von Dobeneck is the Director of External Affairs for the New Orleans Public Belt. She assumed her role with the transition of the Railroad to the Port of New Orleans in February 2018, where she was serving as a Public Affairs consultant. As Director of External Affairs, von Dobeneck oversees community and public relations, government affairs, and corporate communications. She previously served as Government Relations Manager for Norfolk Southern Railway in Washington D.C. She began her career in Singapore and Panama City, Panama, where she worked in the maritime industry. She holds a Masters in International Relations from King's College London and a BA International Relations and a BA German from the University of Georgia.