Policy Makers


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Please stay tuned for additional details regarding The Washington, D.C. Auto Show’s Public Policy and Media Days. 

2020 Industry Media Day Schedule


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Washington Auto Show Media Breakfast, Sponsored by Toyota and the Washington Automotive Press Association
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. The Washington Auto Show’s Annual Government Keynote Address by Mark W. Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy
9:05 a.m. – 9:30  a.m.

“What’s Coming Next in Mobility” Panel

 This panel discussion offered up perspectives from startups in the mobility space on how they approach getting their technologies in front of OEMs and other major players, while continuing to develop and mature their solutions to remain on the cutting edge.

  • Ms. Leslie Allen, Mobility Editor, Automotive News (Moderator)
  • Mr. Alex Thibault, Vice President & General Manager, Vulog North America
  • Mr. John Xin, CEO, Lunewave
9:35 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

5GAA Presentation feat. Ford Motor Company

As mobility eco-systems – vehicles, public transit, scooters, bikes, infrastructure, and ultimately AV’s – become increasingly connected, Ujkachevic discussed some of the best technologies to get us to an inter-connected, seamless, and more efficient transportation system in the future.

  • Ms. Desi Ujkachevic, Global Director for Auto Safety, Ford Motor Company
9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Panel Presented by Advanced Energy Economy

Companies have begun to realize the benefits that come along with transitioning high mileage fleets to all-electric vehicles, including lower maintenance and fueling costs. Recently, major companies have announced efforts to electrify fleets from local delivery fleets to ride-hailing services, and cities from Los Angeles to New York City have begun transitioning their transit bus fleets. This panel offered insight from key players in the fleet electrification space on key trends, challenges, and motivating factors for fleets to electrify.

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Panel Presented by CTIA

  • Ms. Jackie McCarthy, Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA (Moderator)
  • Mr. Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas C. Longhitano, Senior Engineer, Automotive Safety, Honda
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Toyota Press Announcement
11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m Ford Motor Company Press Announcement
11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Honda and Acura Press Announcement
12:10 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Maserati Press Announcement
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Lunch Sponsored by U.S. News & World Report
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Keynote Address by Eric Meyhofer, Head of Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), Uber
1:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Address and Q&A from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards Presentation
2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

2020 Green Car Awards

Luxury Green Car of the Year

Green Car Technology of the Year

2:55 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. DriveSafe DC Award Presented by the National Road Safety Foundation

3:45 p.m. –

5:00 p.m.

SAE Government & Industry Meeting Plenary Session

5:00 p.m. –

8:00 p.m.

Washington Auto Show 2020 Sneak Peek Preview Reception Sponsored by Hargrove, NADA & U.S. News & World Report




Craig Allen,
President, U.S. China Business Council

Leslie J. Allen,
Shift Magazine and Mobility Editor, Automotive News

Carla Bailo,
President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

William Baver,
Vice President, NTT DATA Services

Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Strategy & Technology Policy, Qualcomm Incorporated

Jim Bruce, Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Policy Officer

Hilary M. Cain, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, Toyota

Clean and Safe Transportation for All?: A Panel from Consumer Reports

Dr. John L. Campbell, Senior Managing Scientist, Exponent

William J. Cariss, President and CEO, Holman Strategic Ventures

Robert Cary, Chief Deputy Commissioner, Virginia Department of Transportation

Kimberly Castro, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report

Hana Creger, Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute

Richard Damm, Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Chairman, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Eric Danko, Head of Federal Affairs, Cruise

Jordan Davis, Director, SmartCities Columbus Partnership

Robbie Diamond, President and CEO, Securing America’s Future Energy

Jane Doherty, Director, International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Protection in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation


Gretchen Effgen, Vice President of Global Partnerships, Aptiv

Corey Ershow, Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft

Anthony Frangiosa, President and CEO, InstallerNet

David Friedman, Vice President of Advocacy, Consumer Reports

Ian Grossman,Vice President, Member Services & Public Affairs, AAMVA

Anne Marie Idrac, France High Representative for Autonomous Vehicles, former French Minister of Transportation, and former French Minister of Trade

Jill Ingrassia, Executive Director Advocacy & Communications, AAA

Adriane Jaynes, Alternative Fuels Program Manager, Tulsa Region and Indian Nation’s Council of Governments

Kent Keyser, Public Policy Fellow, United Spinal

Dr. Kyu-ok Kim, Head of Center, Senior Research Fellow

Jim Kliesch, Environmental Regulatory Affairs Manager at American Honda Motor Co.

Michelle Krebs, Executive Analyst, AutoTrader

Harry Lightsey, Principal, Hawksbill Advisors, LLC

David Liu, Manager, Regulatory Safety Affairs, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.

Mary E. Lovely, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Anupam Malhotra, Director for Connected Vehicles and Data, Audi

Glenn Mercer, Owner, GM Automotive

Jeff Marootian, Director, District of Columbia Department of Transportation

Eric Meyhofer, Head of Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), Uber

Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, United States Department of Energy

Bradley Miller, Senior Counsel, Digital Affairs, National Automobile Dealers Association

Katy Milner Ross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Jim Misener, Senior Director, Product Management and the Global C-V2X Ecosystem Lead, Qualcomm

Dr. Michael Mollenhauer, Director of the Center for Technology Implementation, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Kelly Nantel, Vice President, Communications & Advocacy, National Safety Council

Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America Corporation

Gzim Ocakoglu, First Counsellor, Mobility and Transport, at EU Delegation to the US

Eiichiro Oishi, Assistant Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Jamie Page Deaton, Executive Editor, U.S. News Best Cars Team

William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

John Pratt, Senior Sales Director, Upstream Security

Tony Rediger, Site Developer at EVgo

Dr. Mark Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox

April Sanborn, Driver and Autonomous Vehicle Programs Manager – Management Services and Programs Division, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

Greg Scott, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Vehicle Data Access

Jim Sharifi, Managing Editor, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Cars Team

Jeffrey M. Stefan II, Counsel, Varnum Law

Jennifer Stockburger, Head of  Operations, Consumer Reports

Alex Thibault, Vice President and General Manager for North America, Vulog

Desi Ujkachevic, Global Director for Auto Safety, Ford Motor Company

John Vincent, Senior Reporter, U.S. News Best Cars Team

Ryan Westrom, Head of Mobility Engagement for the East Coast, Ford 

Joe White, Global Automotive Industry Editor, Reuters

John Xin, Co-Founder and CEO, Lunewave

Guido Zielke, Director General of Road Traffic and Transport, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure


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In addition to achieving GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Convention Center is currently utilizing the following additional, state-of-the-art sanitation protocols:

  • The building is the first convention center in the nation to use an HVAC solution called Synexis to purify the air inside the building by using dry hydrogen peroxide which is present throughout the entire building. For more info, please click here: www.synexis.com.
  • Additionally, the building recently activated a new robot that uses disinfecting ultraviolet lighting to cleanse up to 5,000 square feet at a time in less than 5 minutes. More info can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNjqwu12U1c

As of now, masks must be worn inside of the building at all times and all building employees (city and union workers) must be vaccinated as a condition of employment. The producers of The Washington, DC Auto Show will provide any operational or policy updates on this page and elsewhere on the site if any changes are to occur. For more information, please contact Joe Koch, Assistant Producer, at jk@wanada.org.

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