Issue: Jul 2011


Robert Engel Joins The American Automotive Policy Council As Vice President Domestic Policy



by Ron Charles

American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) President Matt Blunt announced the appointment of Robert Engel as Vice President Domestic Policy for the trade association representing the policy interests of American-based automakers Chrysler Group, LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.

Mr. Engel joins AAPC’s bipartisan team which includes President and former Missouri Governor, Matt Blunt; Debbie Dingell, Chair of the Manufacturing Initiative and a Strategic Consultant to AAPC; Vice President International Policy, Charles Uthus; and Legislative Director, Raphael Goodstein. The addition of Engel provides a great opportunity for the team to work with all stakeholders to promote the essential and unique contribution of the U.S.-based auto companies to the American economy.

“Rob knows how to make things happen in our nation's capital and he is committed to the success of the domestic auto industry. I look forward to working with him to ensure the American auto industry continues to be promoted as an essential component to our nation’s economic and competitive success,” said AAPC's President, Governor Matt Blunt.

"I am truly excited to join AAPC and for the opportunity to work with Governor Blunt and our member companies to promote the American auto industry's integral contributions to the U.S. economy," said Engel.

For the past 30 years, Engel has worked for and with several members of Congress. His experience includes serving as a U.S. Senate staffer for Senators Adlai E. Stevenson III and Alan J. Dixon of Illinois and as a campaign aide to then Senators Joe Biden of Delaware and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut. Engel also has impressive experience within the Democratic Party, having served as Political Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee.

Engel has also spent considerable time working in academia at two elite universities. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, teaching Congress and Legislative Behavior, and at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, teaching Strategic Planning and Management.

The AAPC represents the common interests of the three member companies, most prominently on international trade and economic policy, both in the United States and around the world.

Robert Engel graduated from American University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Urban Affairs. He also received his Masters in Public Affairs at American University.



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