WASHINGTON - The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced that Shanna Winters has joined the organization as a Senior Vice President, Global Policy. In this newly-created position, Winters will oversee the day-to-day operation of the MPAA's Global Policy team in addition to being responsible for a significant policy portfolio. She will report to Michael O'Leary, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs.
Senator Chris Dodd, MPAA Chairman and CEO, welcomed Winters: "Shanna is a terrific addition to our international operation and I am delighted to have her with us," Dodd said. "She will be a great complement to the team of policy experts we have around the globe and here in the U.S. As studios place increasingly greater emphasis on markets around the world, Shanna will prove to be an invaluable member of our team. Working with our Global Policy team here in Washington and executives around the world, she will be instrumental in helping us chart a successful course in the years ahead."
Prior to joining the MPAA, Winters served as a staffer for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently she served as Democratic Chief Counsel for the House Committee on Foreign Relations, under now-retired Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) and then under Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY). Prior to moving with Rep. Berman to Foreign Relations, Winters served as Staff Director for the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, where she worked for four years. A graduate of Cardozo School of Law, Winters began her professional career as an attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
"Shanna has an amazing mix of experience," commented O'Leary. "It's rare to find a person who understands not just the range of complex substantive issues we face globally, but understands the policy and political challenges of being an international industry, as well. She will be a leading voice and a key advisor to senior MPAA and studio leadership."
Under Senator Dodd's leadership, the MPAA created a Global Policy operation in Washington in 2011 to help bolster and support the overall international operations of the organization. In addition to its domestic offices in the U.S., the MPAA has regional offices in Europe and Asia as well as offices in Canada, Brazil and Mexico.