Steve McDonald, Vice President of Government Affairs

As Vice President of Government Affairs for SEMA, Steve McDonald is the chief association advocate on legislative and regulatory issues at state and federal levels that impact $38 billion specialty automotive industry. Over the past 10 years, he has played a primary role in promoting and expanding SEMA’s government and regulatory affairs missions. His experience in advocacy programs and the development of model policies for state and federal applications have greatly contributed to the success of SEMA’s government relations program.

McDonald has over 20 years experience serving in various government affairs positions. Prior to joining SEMA in 1997, McDonald was a government affairs consultant for the Redding Firm, where he helped serve the advocacy needs for a divergent client list. While in this role, he consulted on matters relating to client interest on federal and state legislative and regulatory matters, influenced formulation and implementation of policy positions and coordinated public relations campaigns.

A former U.S. Department of State staffer, he served as a legislative assistant for a prominent Washington D.C.-based law firm, where he helped represent the Automotive Service Association, among other trade associations and business groups.

Growing up in Europe, McDonald became a Formula 1 racing fan at an early age and still counts meeting Scottish racing legend Jackie Stewart among his fondest memories.

McDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in government and politics and from the University of Maryland.
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