The Auto Care Association has added Gabrielle “Brielle” Hopkins as its vice president of federal affairs. Hopkins joins the association’s government affairs department, where she will assist in the leadership of the department.
In this new role, Hopkins is tasked with identifying legislative initiatives for the association to pursue and for recommending advocacy efforts on both Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. She also will represent the association’s policies and positions at legislative and policy hearings and meetings, and will monitor and inform staff and board members of legislative, regulatory and other issues of importance to the auto care industry. Additionally, Hopkins will research and coordinate state activities in which the association will participate.
Hopkins was the deputy director for governmental affairs at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), where she was a liaison with Congress and with senior officials in the office of the Secretary of Transportation, NHTSA and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
She also has four years of Department of Transportation (DOT) enforcement experience, serving as an attorney investigator in the Office of the Inspector General’s Special Investigations Unit, providing legal expertise and oversight for departmental investigations.