Tori Barnes leads the U.S. Travel Association’s government relations team, overseeing the group’s critical policy efforts. These include upgrading America’s air travel infrastructure and improving connectivity nationwide, promoting common-sense policies that effectively balance security and travel facilitation, and protecting Open Skies agreements.
Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2017, Barnes was an integral member of General Motors’ federal affairs team for more than fourteen years, playing a crucial role in strengthening GM’s presence on Capitol Hill, leading the company’s tax policy and trade strategies and managing political operations. She most recently served as Executive Director of Federal Affairs, and managed a diverse portfolio that included tax, trade, fuel economy, transportation, pension issues and political operations. Previously, she served as a Congressional Liaison for the Republican National Committee and as Director of Fundraising and Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Capital Chapter.
Barnes is on the board of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG), and coaches the Members of Congress team, which plays an annual game against women in the press to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that works with young women facing breast cancer.
Barnes graduated from George Mason University, and also attended Miami University of Ohio.
All PostsBy Tori Barnes
December 07, 2018
U.S. Travel’s government relations team has examined every scenario that could play out from the budget battle, and we’re pleased to say there are a number of paths forward for Brand USA this year.Read More
June 25, 2018
Brand USA, the public-private partnership charged with promoting the U.S. as a travel destination to potential visitors abroad, continues to deliver significant results for the U.S. economy, according to the latest ROI numbers. That’s a good thing, because America needs Brand USA now more than ever.Read More
May 30, 2018
The U.S. Travel Association, along with other business groups, on Tuesday submitted comments to the U.S. Department of State regarding proposed information collection changes to nonimmigrant visa applicants.Read More