Robert Hood worked for the Department of Defense as the assistant secretary for legislative affairs before leaving on July 24, 2020. In that role, Hood assisted the secretary of defense in “executing the organization’s mission of promoting the policies, strategies, and budget of the Department of Defense to the United States Congress.” Hood was active in getting nominations through confirmation, according to reporting from Foreign Policy.
On July 27, 2020, Hood joined Hyundai Motor Company as vice president of government affairs. In this role, “Hood will be responsible for leading Hyundai’s U.S. government affairs strategy and operations at the federal and state levels,” according to a company press release. In fiscal year 2019, Hyundai Corporation and its subsidiaries received nearly $45.8 million in defense contracts. According to Yong Sohn, vice president at Hyundai Motors, “Rob’s decades of experience in government affairs and his strong reputation will be invaluable as Hyundai continues to engage on important policy issues that impact the auto industry.”
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs,