Ziad S. Ojakli is a Ford Motor Company group vice president of government and community relations.
Ojakli leads a team that helps shape policy and legislation that promote the company's core business objectives including areas of energy and the environment, tax, international trade, driver safety, and improvements in the nation's health care systems.
As head of Ford's global government relations, Ojakli oversees interactions with governments in 110 markets around the world where Ford does business. He is also responsible for Ford's federal and state government relations in the U.S.
Ojakli directs the company's philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, which contributes to a broad range of initiatives that support education and assists communities with a variety of needs. He is also chairman of Ford’s Political Action Committee and oversees the grassroots communications effort of Ford employees.
From 2001 – 2004, Ojakli served President George W. Bush as a deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs. In this role, he managed daily interactions for the White House with U.S. Senators, assisted in strategy and policy development, and coordinated legislative strategy with the president's cabinet. From 1995 to 2000, Ojakli served in senior positions in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ojakli is an active board member of numerous organizations, including: the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; the Arab American Museum Advisory Board; Arab American Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS); the Henry Ford Learning Institute; the Jackie Robinson Foundation; the National Civil Rights Museum; the Washington Center for Internships; and serves on the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park advisory board.
In 2006, Ojakli was named a delegate to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, joining 410 leaders from all regions of the world.
A graduate of Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in American government, Ojakli, born in June 1967, joined the company in January 2004.