Russ Martin, GHSA Director of Policy and Government Relations

Russ Martin

Russ Martin is Director of Government Relations for the Governors Highway Safety Association. He represents the state highway safety offices before federal agencies and Congress to assist states as they work to address highway safety issues and improve the delivering of federal and state safety programs. Martin also works closely with partner organizations to improve road safety and promote GHSA objectives.

Martin is a national expert on behavioral traffic safety issues and directs GHSA’s engagement on emerging vehicle technology. He has managed research projects for GHSA on drugged driving and automated vehicles. Martin has also spoken in national and local forums as well as served as a spokesman on a variety of traffic safety issues, including distracted driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, motorcycle safety, and first responder safety. He has additionally served a board member of the Road to Zero Coalition.

Prior to joining GHSA in 2017, Martin was Manager of State Relations at AAA, where he spent over 8 years supporting AAA’s network of motor clubs to advocate on behalf of AAA members on traffic safety, vehicle technology, and motorists’ rights. At AAA, Martin managed a number of special projects, including the AAA Digest of Motor Laws and research on older driver safety and the future of transportation.

Martin is a native of Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University.

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