ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) has announced the appointment of Sarah Martinez to the role of manager of grassroots and government relations, according to a press release.

Martinez will oversee AIADA’s grassroots programs aimed at connecting dealers with the legislative process, said the release.

“Sarah's energy and past experience working on policy issues with small business owners will serve her well in her new position,” said AIADA President Cody Lusk, in the release. “Her hiring is an important step toward growing our Legislative Action Network and involving greater numbers of young, international nameplate dealers in our Rising Dealers Program.”

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Prior to joining AIADA, Martinez served as a public policy representative for the Florida Realtors Office of Public Policy, reported the release. She also served as a senior legislative assistant for Florida State Representative Holly Benson (R-Pensacola). Martinez is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

AIADA's grassroots programs encompass a variety of initiatives that help America's international nameplate dealers advocate before the federal government on the issues that matter most to their brands, businesses and employees.