DETROIT -- Chrysler Group has named Jody Trapasso its top corporate lobbyist.
As senior vice president of external affairs, Trapasso will direct Chrysler’s government relations on international, federal and state levels. He also will head the Chrysler Foundation and the company’s community relations.
He will be based in Washington and report to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The job of top Washington lobbyist has changed for Chrysler and General Motors because the federal government owns stakes in the companies. Less time is spent in Washington and more in states, where dealers are trying to strengthen state franchise and other laws.
Trapasso comes to Chrysler from the law firm Crowell & Moring. Before that he was a senior adviser to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, where he provided advice on fund-raising programs for the 2008 presidential election.
He has also held a number of federal government posts, including a stint as an adviser to the Office of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton White House. He received a B.A. from Connecticut College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The appointment ends a search process that began in December when Chrysler’s chief lobbyist, John Bozzella resigned. In January, Marchionne named veteran Chrysler lobbyist Robert Liberatore to handle the duties on an interim basis.