The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) has hired Damon Shelby Porter as Director of State Government Relations. Porter will oversee a broad range of auto industry policy issues on behalf of the Association and its members.

“Damon’s private and public sector background coupled with his experience in the legislative and executive branches of state government makes him a valuable asset to our organization,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers. “We are confident in his ability to grow our reach and relationships at the state level.”

Prior to joining Global Automakers, Porter was a senior adviser to Missouri Governor Jeremiah Nixon on technology and innovation issues, leading the administration’s public-private initiative on broadband accessibility. He also served as 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 and was chairman of the transition team for State Treasurer Zweifel.

“I am honored to be a part of an association that represents a diverse group of innovative auto companies whose value can be seen through job creation, economic development, and exciting products that are driven across America,” said Damon Porter. “It is an exciting time to be a part of this industry.”

Porter has a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and holds a B.A. from Marymount University. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.