Director of Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Robert Chiappetta is currently director of government affairs at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. He is responsible for enhancing the company’s reputation and advancing its legislative agenda with Members of Congress and the Administration. His primary focus is on workforce, labor, and foreign direct investment issues. In addition, he serves as the company’s liaison to a number of political organizations, trade associations, and congressional caucuses. He joined Toyota in 1998.
Robert is a member of the Public Affairs Steering Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). He was nominated to the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and served as a delegate to Russia in June 2008 and Cuba in 2015. He currently serves on ACYPL’s Board of Trustees.
Robert received his B.A. in international relations and East Asian studies from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz in 1991 and his M.A. in commercial diplomacy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 1998. In 1989, Robert was awarded a Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education to study at Kanazawa University, in Kanazawa, Japan. During his post-graduate studies, he spent a year studying at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, in Yokohama, Japan.