Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and raised in Moses Lake, WA, Ms. Annette Sandberg served 12 years as a Washington State Trooper rising to the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to joining the Washington State Patrol, Ms. Sandberg earned a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University. She later earned a MBA from City University in Bellevue, WA. Following graduation from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1993, Ms. Sandberg was admitted to the Bar in Washington and Alaska. In 1996, she attended the Government Executive Institute at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also attended the FBI's National Executive Institute in 1998.
In 1995, Ms. Sandberg was appointed by Governor Gary Locke to the position of Chief of the Washington State Patrol, the first woman to head a state police agency in the nation. Ms. Sandberg also served as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). She became the second Administrator of FMCSA, on August 1, 2003 following her confirmation by the United States Senate.
Ms. Sandberg currently serves as the President of TransSafe Consulting, LLC. TransSafe Consulting provides transportation, public safety, and security services to public and private organizations dealing with regulatory policy compliance, implementation, and management of complex transportation, risk management, and safety programs.