Global Automakers

Our Team

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President and Chief Executive Officer

John Bozzella, a veteran auto industry executive, is the new president and CEO of Global Automakers, effective April 1, 2014.  Since 2009, he served as a Senior Operating Executive for Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC, where he worked with the firm and its portfolio companies on a range of public policy and economic development matters.  

John served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy at Chrysler Group in 2009, and Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for Chrysler LLC from 2007 to 2009. In this capacity, he mobilized government support to significantly restructure Chrysler.  

At Chrysler, John worked closely with the federal government and other automakers on a substantial advanced technology vehicle loan program and on the development of new fuel economy standards.  In addition, he worked with state governments to gain funding for restructuring, training and development.

From 2005 to 2007, John spent two years with DaimlerChrysler Corporation as Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for the Americas.  John was with Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2005 in positions in public policy, and government and community relations, and labor relations.  

Prior to joining the automotive industry, John served as New York City's director of state legislative affairs under Mayor David N. Dinkins.  He began his career in public policy as the Director of Legislative and Political Action for the United Federation of Teachers.  John is a graduate of Cornell University.

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Vice President and General Counsel

Ellen has spent most of her legal career representing international automobile companies. Before joining the Global Automakers in 2005, she spent 15 years with Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). As its Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Ellen was charged with overseeing the legal and public affairs activities for Mitsubishi Motors’ operations in North America and served as a member of its board of directors. Prior to MMNA, Ellen was a litigator with several major law firms in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In 2000, Automotive News selected her as one of the "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry." Ellen received her B.A. in Government from Oberlin College and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University.

Director and Assistant General Counsel
Charles has extensive experience representing the automobile industry in a wide range of fuel economy, greenhouse gas, and mobile source emissions matters. He joined Global Automakers after 13 years as Of Counsel with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the Litigation and Environmental Litigation and Mass Torts Practice Groups. His background includes agency rulemaking and regulatory challenges, defense of environmental enforcement actions, and environmental white collar investigations. Charles began his legal career as an Associate with Gibson Dunn in California. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars.
Executive Assistant

Teresa provides executive and program support to Global Automakers’ President and CEO John Bozzella and the Association’s General Counsel Ellen Gleberman. She attended Gordon College in her home state of Massachusetts before moving abroad to obtain a masters of science degree in international history at the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the Global Automakers' family in 2013, Teresa worked in economic development at a non-profit organization.

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Paul has expertise on a wide variety of automotive issues and joined Global Automakers in 2000 after working with Nissan North America's Government Affairs Office for 12 years. Paul has extensive experience with Congress, Executive Branch Offices, and regulatory agencies, as well as in organizing coalition and grass-roots lobbying efforts and media relations. His career includes legislative positions on Capitol Hill, the Department of Defense, and the Embassy of Japan. He received his B.A. in political science from Illinois State University and his M.A. in public policy from Loyola University of Chicago. Paul studied in Japan and speaks conversational Japanese.

Federal Affairs Manager

Hannah supports the Association with its federal lobbying efforts and analysis of legislative activities impacting the auto industry.  Prior to joining Global Automakers, she spent the last five years working on Capitol Hill where she worked on numerous issues including foreign affairs, trade, and immigration.

Hannah is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in international studies. She also holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Director, State Relations

Damon’s state and local public policy expertise grew from his background in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining Global Automakers, he was a senior adviser to Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon on technology and innovation issues. Previously, Damon was director of public affairs for a Fortune 100 telecommunications company, chief of staff and legislative director for two speakers of the Missouri House of Representatives, an assistant attorney general of Missouri and an associate for a boutique integrated communications firm. Damon earned his J.D. from The Catholic University of America and holds a B.A. from Marymount University.  He is admitted to the bars of Missouri and the Supreme Court of the United States.

State Relations Manager

Josh Pudnos supports the Association’s 50 state lobbying efforts by working with state legislators, governors, and their staffs on legislative activities that impact Global Automakers and its member companies. Prior to joining Global Automakers in 2013, Josh spent several years managing political and government affairs, as well as communications for trade association clients at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein. He also has experience in media strategy and worked on several political campaigns. Josh is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science and History, and holds a Masters in Political Management from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.


Director, Environment and Energy Affairs

Prior to joining Global Automakers in 2011, Julia served as senior regulatory engineer at the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., focusing on energy and environmental regulatory issues. She also worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality as an environmental engineer. At the EPA, Julia coordinated with governmental organizations and regional stakeholders on several rulemakings, such as the agency’s federal rulemaking process from the 2005 Federal Transportation Act. Julia has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Environmental Science from Northwestern University.

Analyst, Environment and Energy Affairs
Prior to joining the Association in 2014, Pratima worked as a Clean Energy Fellow for the American Biogas Council where she supported policy initiatives both at the state and federal level. She was responsible for researching, monitoring and reporting on relevant legislation and regulations relating to the U.S. biogas industry. Pratima also worked as an assistant engineer at Hazen and Sawyer in New York City. There she conducted environmental assessments and provided construction design support for proposed projects related to the city’s drinking water systems. Pratima has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University.
Senior Director, Safety

Mike Cammisa is the Senior Director of Safety for the Association of Global Automakers. In that role, Mike provides information and analysis to Global Automakers’ members on legislative and regulatory activities affecting vehicle safety.

As automotive technology has evolved, Mike’s portfolio of issues has expanded from traditional crashworthiness and driver behavioral issues to include advanced crash avoidance technology, automated vehicles, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, and cybersecurity. Mike served as an industry liaison member of the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Program Safety Technical Coordinating Committee, which provided guidance to a large-scale Naturalistic Driving Study, and was a steering committee member for the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign. Mike has also served on several committees of the Society of Automotive Engineers including the Vehicle Event Data Recorder and Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians technical committees.

Prior to joining Global Automakers in 2000, Mike worked as a research analyst with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, where he authored research papers on topics including the performance of frontal air bags, seat belt use rates, and passive alcohol sensors. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Safety Manager

Paul joined Global Automakers in 2011 to support the Association’s legislative and regulatory activities affecting vehicle safety. In this position, Paul manages a broad range of automotive policy issues including vehicle cybersecurity, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and connected cars, advanced driver assistance systems, and automated vehicles, among others.

He was previously with the George Washington University National Crash Analysis Center as a Senior Research Associate, where he analyzed real-world crash data to identify opportunities for improvements in vehicle crashworthiness and occupant injury mitigation. Paul has published several research papers on child safety, frontal crash protection, motorcycle safety, and small overlap frontal crashes.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast, and is currently studying towards a Masters in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics at George Mason University.

Director, Communications

Annemarie has spent most of her career representing international automobile companies. Prior to joining Global Automakers in 2010, Pender served as senior public affairs specialist at American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and as a public affairs specialist with Mazda North American Operations. She has also worked in government relations for the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. Annemarie holds a masters of arts in public communications from American University where she is currently an adjunct professor. She also serves on the board of directors of the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Communications Manager
Emily Lambe joined the Association as Communications Manager in 2014. She was previously on Capitol Hill as Deputy Communications Director for a Member of Congress where she coordinated web-based outreach and social media efforts. Emily also handled numerous legislative issues, including education, healthcare and consumer safety. She has a background in stakeholder relations and event planning. Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Senior Manager, Administration and Human Resources
Senior Manager, Accounting and Finance

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