Meet the Government Relations Team
The Value of AMA Government Relations
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard, DVM (1997-2009)
Title: Vice President of Government Relations
Biography: Wayne Allard, DVM, served in the Colorado state Senate and represented Colorado during three terms in Congress and two terms in the U.S. Senate between 1991 and 2009. He joined the AMA in October 2011. While in elective politics, Sen. Allard developed strong grassroots organizations that allowed him to never lose an election. He brings a strong legislative background in transportation issues, both on and off road. Wayne continues to foster good relations with members of Congress by remaining in close contact with leadership in the U.S. House and Senate.
"The AMA is an exciting and respected advocate for promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the right to ride for all walks of life."
Title: Deputy Director
Biography: Before joining the AMA, Rick worked for nearly 13 years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer. At the AMA, Rick is responsible for domestic and international government issues. He serves on the Geneva-based Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme’s Public Affairs Commission as an expert member representing North America. Podliska graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He recently received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. Email Rick
"The AMA is the most trusted motorcycling source, because we share your passion to ride."
Title: Off-HighwatGovernment Relations Manager
Biography: Steve holds a bachelor’s in forest management from the University of Maine and an MBA from the same school. He is an avid motorcyclist who has written about access issues related to off-highway riding and has been a member of, or active in, a variety of related organizations including the Maine Governor’s ATV Task Force, Tread Lightly!, the Maine Recreational Trails Program project selection committee, Downeast Sunrise Trail Coalition, Airline ATV Riders, New England Trails Riders Association and the Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan. Email Steve
"The AMA has the best technology, the most dedicated staff and, most importantly, hundreds of thousands of passionate members, to track and influence the politics of off-highway and on-highway motorcycling."
Title: Western States Representative
Biography: Nick, whose office is situated outside Sacramento, Calif., brings a lifelong passion for motorized sports to his work as a representative of the motorcycling community. He has served as a member of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism; the BlueRibbon Coalition board of directors; and the California Motorcyclist Safety Program Advisory Committee. Prior to his work for the AMA, Nick was employed in motorcycle retailing and business management. He earned a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Washington. Email Nick
"The AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations and the court of public opinion."