Leighton Yates

Director, State Affairs

Leighton has been with Auto Innovators since its inception and was previously with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers since 2015.  Leighton serves as the Auto Innovators’ lead legislative representative before policymakers in the Southern United States. Previous to joining the auto industry, he led grassroots advocacy efforts for the American Society of Landscape Architects’ more than 15,000 members. Leighton was responsible for spearheading engagement on state and federal legislation related to transportation, environment, licensing, codes and standards, and community design.  Additionally, he previously served on staff for a member of the Texas House of Representatives working on infrastructure and housing policy issues. Leighton graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in International Affairs.