Ziad Ojakli, Board of Directors
S. Ojakli is a Ford Motor Co. group vice president of government and community
relations. He leads a team that helps shape policy and legislation in order to
promote the company’s core business objectives, including areas of energy and
the environment, taxes, international trade, and improvements to the nation’s
health care and pension systems.
head of Ford’s global governmental relations and public policy, Ojakli oversees
interactions with governments in 110 markets around the world where Ford does
business. He is responsible for Ford’s relationship with federal and state
governments in the U.S.,
as well as the company’s community relations. His public policy office
identifies emerging issues and develops positions aligned with corporate
principles and business objectives.
Ojakli also oversees the company’s philanthropic
arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, which contributes to worthy causes in support
of a broad range of initiatives improving the quality of life within communities.
He is chair of Ford's political action committee and oversees the grassroots
communications efforts of Ford employees.
From 2001 to 2004, Ojakli served
President George W. Bush as a deputy assistant to the president for legislative
affairs, the president’s chief liaison to the U.S. Senate. In this role, he
managed daily interactions of the White House with senators, assisted in strategy
and policy development, and coordinated legislative strategy with the administration’s
agencies and Cabinet departments. He also directed the administration’s efforts
to secure confirmation of presidential nominations.
Prior to joining the White House staff Ojakli
served as the Senate liaison for the Bush-Cheney transition team.
From 1998 to 2000, Ojakli was policy
director and chief of staff to Senate Republican Conference Secretary Paul
Coverdell of Georgia. Ojakli played a key role in planning and implementing the
legislative goals of the Senate Republican leadership and was responsible for
developing and managing much of the communications strategy for the party
Ojakli served as chief of staff to Rep.
Mark Souder of Indiana, and was his key political adviser, from 1995 to 1998.
Prior to that, he was a legislative assistant to Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, in which time
he specialized in budget, tax, trade, energy and environmental issues.
He is an active board member of numerous organizations,
including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Arab
Museum advisory board, the Henry Ford
Learning Institute (HFLI), the Institute on Business and Government Affairs
(IBGA), the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the National Association of
Manufacturers, the Washington Center for Internships and the National Civil
Along with his corporate work, Ojakli
was named a delegate to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders forum,
joining 410 leaders from all regions of the world.
graduate of Georgetown
University with a
bachelor’s in American government, Ojakli joined Ford Motor Co. in January