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.
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.
Before joining Global Automakers in 2016, Thomas has held a number of prominent staff positions within the Republican leadership. He was Chief of Staff to Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY-05), Chair of the Appropriations Committee, where he managed the Congressman’s legislative and political agenda. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Thomas has also served as Chief of Staff for Representative Tom Davis (R-VA-11), and as Associate Political Director in the White House during the George W. Bush administration.
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.
Josh Fisher has more than a decade of state legislative experience. Prior to joining Global Automakers, Josh helped lead Stateside Associate’s Healthcare Issue Management Practice where he advised clients on health care policy and a wide range of state and local government issues.
Past experience also includes work in the Maryland General Assembly Department of Legislative Services, in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Directorate of Construction, and as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.
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.
Amandine Muskus has extensive experience in energy and environment issues both in the United States and the European Union. She consulted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the 2008 CAFE rulemaking technical analysis and regulatory drafting. She also worked on the global harmonization of transportation safety, road infrastructure and vehicle to infrastructure issues within both the UN/ECE WP.29 and European Union.
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.
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.