March 16, 2020 Press Release

Alliance For Automotive Innovation Announces Key Leadership Additions

Industry Veterans Steve Douglas and Hilary Cain Assume Critical Environmental and Technology Roles  

March 16, 2020 – The Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators), the single, unified industry voice representing innovative manufacturers and value chain partners who together produce nearly 99 percent of U.S.-sold light-duty vehicles, today named two key staff members to leadership positions.  Steve Douglas has been promoted to Vice President of Environment and Energy, based in Sacramento; Hilary Cain will be Vice President, Technology, Innovation and Mobility Policy, based in the organization’s Washington, DC, office. Douglas spent more than 20 years serving in the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ environmental affairs department, while Cain comes to Auto Innovators from member company Toyota Motor North America.

“With decades of experience working on the leading edge of auto and technology policies, both Steve and Hilary will help provide key policy guidance during this time of unprecedented industry change,” said Auto Innovators President and CEO John Bozzella. “They’ve both demonstrated a true understanding of where this industry is heading, and they’ll bring valuable expertise and perspective on how we move forward with sound, data-driven policies that benefit customers, innovators and greater society.”

Douglas’s role will include a sharp focus on environment and energy issues in California and other states, where he will continue working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state air quality agencies, and other stakeholders to develop sound policies on issues including zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), California’s low-emission vehicle program, and onboard diagnostic issues.  Douglas joins Auto Innovators’ Vice President of Environment and Energy, Julia Rege, who leads the organization on national environmental, emissions and energy policy matters.

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge,” said Douglas. “I’ve worked with stakeholders in California and elsewhere for years and have seen time and time again the importance of trust, mutual respect, and an open dialogue to developing successful policies.  That’s critical as the industry continues working to ensure that consumers benefit from new innovations that make vehicles cleaner, safer and smarter.”

Cain previously served as Toyota’s Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, a position that helped lead the company’s policy development and advocacy on issues including connected and automated vehicle regulation, mobility-as-a-service, data privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and telecommunications.

“We are in the midst of an incredible transformation in mobility that will lead to safer, more accessible, and more convenient options for consumers,” said Cain.  “Industry, government, and other stakeholders need to work together to implement policies that will pave the way for these innovations and ensure that we can realize the benefits that these technologies will bring.”

About the Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Formed in 2020, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation is the singular, authoritative and respected voice of the automotive industry. Focused on creating a safe and transformative path for sustainable industry growth, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation represents the manufacturers producing nearly 99 percent of cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. The newly established organization, a combination of Global Automakers and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is directly involved in regulatory and policy matters impacting the light-duty vehicle market across the country. Members include U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, technology and other automotive-related companies and trade associations. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Detroit, MI and Sacramento, CA. For more information, visit our website

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