Tori Barnes serves as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy at U.S. Travel Association.  Barnes, who was previously a top lobbyist for General Motors, joined U.S. Travel in November of 2017 as Senior Vice President of Government Relations. In that time, she secured some impressive legislative achievements for the organization, as well as sustained engagement with the country’s top policymakers.

Barnes will continue to lead 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 Posts

By Tori Barnes
content media

What POTUS Means When He Says “We Hope to Welcome Poland into the VWP”

June 12, 2019

Trump reiterated his administration’s commitment to adding Poland to the Visa Waiver Program. 

Read More
Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-in, we’ll spotlight the latest infrastructure updates, share information regarding REAL ID compliance, discuss progress on Brand USA renewal and highlight the 51st...

View Video
Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-in, we’ll spotlight National Travel and Tourism Week, provide an update on H-2B Visas, discuss our latest research report, and unpack the latest Travel Trends Index....

View Video
May 04, 2019
content media

Think you know travel? Test your smarts each day of National Travel and Tourism Week with a trivia question highlighting why travel matters to America. Travel matters to trade, commerce and jobs...

April 26, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll hear about National Park Week, the importance of expanding Preclearance, the latest from our Travel Talks campaign and other industry events.


April 26, 2019
media cherryblossoms.png

While the popularity of Japanese cars and electronics presents a difficult hurdle in lowering America’s manufacturing deficit, there is an industry that continues to enjoy a trade surplus with Japan: travel.

April 26, 2019
media airport.png

Travel is trade , and the latest announcement from the White House underscores the value of travel in fueling a strong and growing economy.

April 12, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share a recap from U.S. Travel Meetings Week, discuss the newly introduced JOLT Act, and hear from the association’s new national chair.


April 12, 2019
media Brand USA.png

Brand USA this week released another impressive return-on-investment (ROI) study conducted by Oxford Economics.