Debra Hotaling leads Ford Motor Co.'s communications team in the Western United States. Prior to her tenure with Ford, Debra was a partner with the public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, specializing in corporate reputation management. She also served as global co-chair for the organization's sustainability and renewable-energy practice group. Earlier, Debra headed the communications team for homebuilder KB Home.
During her career, Debra has worked as features writer for the Los Angeles Times, was a regular commentator for American Public Media's "Marketplace," and taught at the University of Southern California while completing a Ph.D. in American Literature. Debra currently serves on the board of the California Women's Law Center.