GHSA Announces Senior Staffing Changes

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January 9, 2017

Contact: Madison Forker,
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New hires will strengthen government relations, communications and programs in wake of increased traffic fatalities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is pleased to announce two senior level staffing additions to its D.C.-based headquarters.

Russ Martin, Kara MacekRuss Martin begins his tenure with GHSA today as the Director of Government Relations, bringing a wealth of highway safety expertise, including eight years at AAA in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Manager of State Relations. Martin will work with Capitol Hill and federal agencies to help states move toward zero traffic deaths, with an emphasis on relieving burdensome federal restrictions that create roadblocks to effective program implementation.

Additionally, GHSA staff member Kara Macek has been promoted to Senior Director of Communications and Programs. In this role, she will serve as GHSA’s chief communications officer as well as manage numerous federal and private sector grant programs that offer tools and funding for states. Macek has worked for the Association since 2007, when she was hired as Communications Manager, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the association sector.

Later this year, the Association will expand again to hire a Programs Coordinator to help implement the growing number of GHSA’s federal and private sector programs.

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins notes, “These changes reflect the recent exceptional growth of the organization and will equip GHSA to develop additional resources for states to reverse the tragic trend of rising traffic fatalities.”

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.