Meredith Alexander, California Policy Director
CALSTART

Meredith Alexander joined CALSTART as Policy Director in 2019. She focuses on California Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and is currently expanding CALSTART’s regulatory work to other states.

Meredith joined CALSTART after a long career in the public sector, most recently at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). As a Senior Regulatory Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission for many years, Meredith led proceedings on resource adequacy and renewables integration, and served as a liaison to the California ISO. At the CPUC, Meredith published numerous white papers and policy proposals on renewable energy integration and distributed energy resources. Meredith previously served in Governor Brown’s administration as the Special Assistant to the Cal-EPA Secretary, and earlier in her career she worked with the automotive industry at the ENERGY STAR for Industry program at U.S.EPA.

Meredith holds a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law both from Lewis & Clark Law School and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Policy from Tulane University. She is a member of the Colorado Bar.

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Michael Berube, Acting, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Michael Berube is the Acting, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this role, he oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation sector, which includes the Vehicle, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. This portfolio focuses on research and development to increase access to domestic, clean transportation fuels and improve the energy efficiency, convenience, and affordability of transporting people and goods to support U.S. energy security, economic productivity and competitiveness.

Previously, he led the Vehicle Technologies Office. In this post, he led an array of activities that help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and secure a clean energy future. The Vehicle Technologies Office supports about $300 million in annual research funding for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and Clean Cities deployment activities.

He brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry to his new EERE post, specifically in the areas of environmental compliance, energy and safety policy, product development and marketing. He has worked on a broad range of electric vehicle, connected car and advanced powertrain initiatives. Michael also led multiple environmental and energy initiatives within the Chrysler Corporation.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from MIT. He later returned to MIT as both a graduate student and researcher where he received a master’s degree in the Technology and Policy Program and a master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management. He was recognized for his early work on corporate sustainability and led research for the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program.

Julie Blunden, Board Member / Ventures and Catalyst
New Energy Nexus

 

John Boesel, President and CEO
CALSTART

John Boesel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CALSTART. The public/private nature of CALSTART is reflected in John’s background. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, in 1982, John worked in the California legislature as a legislative aide to then Assemblyman (now Congressman) Sam Farr. In that position he managed energy and environmental legislation for nearly four years.

He received his MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1989. After graduating from business school he worked as a commercial banker in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco. In 1993 John joined CALSTART as the Vice President of Technology Programs. In 2001 the Board of Directors promoted him to the position of President and CEO.

John serves on the Advisory Board for the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University and is also a board member of the Clean Vehicle Foundation.

Richard Colley, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Arrival

Richard Colley has 20 years of automotive experience covering policy, regulatory affairs, vehicle safety, and certification for advanced technology vehicles and transportation. Before joining Arrival in June 2019, Richard led the regulatory affairs team on an Apple research project into automation technologies and has worked at Tesla Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, and Aston Martin.

Kirt Conrad, CEO/Executive Director
Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

Coralie Cooper, Deputy Director,
Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management

Coralie Cooper is Deputy Director of NESCAUM and as Deputy works with program staff to assist NESCAUM member states in developing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria emissions from transportation and stationary sources. NESCAUM’s initiatives assist its member states to meet their climate goals and to attain federal air quality standards. As Deputy, Coralie also contributes to managing the organization and improving operations. From 2001 to 2011, Coralie was Transportation Program Manager at NESCAUM where she led NESCAUM’s work with states to reduce motor vehicle and nonroad machine criteria and GHG emissions. In addition to her roles at NESCAUM, Coralie worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation on the Phase 2 heavy-duty GHG and fuel economy regulation in addition to other initiatives with a variety of divisions within DOT. Coralie has a Masters in City Planning with a focus on environmental policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from Boston University.

Rocco DiRico, Deputy Commissioner,
City of New York Department of Sanitation

Dr. Cristiano Façanha, PhD, Global Director, Drive to Zero
CALSTART

As a transportation and environmental engineer with over 15 years of experience in the transportation industry, Cristiano’s mission is to reduce climate change and air pollution by cleaning the transportation sector. Cristiano currently leads CALSTART’s Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Program, which aims to accelerate the market of zero-emission trucks and buses worldwide. He is also an expert in the design, modeling, and evaluation of transportation emission reduction strategies and policies. Prior to CALSTART, Cristiano led clean transportation activities related to sustainable freight, Brazil and emission inventory tools at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

Cristiano holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a MS in Transportation Management from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, WA 34th District

Dawn Fenton, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Volvo Group North America

Dawn Fenton is the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at Volvo Group North America. She has been with Volvo Group for 9 years and has responsibility for federal government relations as well as California policy issues. Prior to joining the Volvo Group, Dawn worked for the Diesel Technology Forum and ABB, Inc. Dawn has worked in the government relations field for over 25 years across a range of energy, environment, sustainability, foreign policy and trade-related issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She received her Master of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her B.A. from Tufts University.

Eleanor Fort, Deputy Director of Programs
Green For All

Eleanor Fort leads Green For All’s clean transportation policy and advocacy work out of Boston, MA. She brings more than a decade of experience running campaigns to pass policies that build a sustainable and equitable future, and is an expert in clean transportation issues through an equity lens.

Previously, Eleanor was the Clean Vehicles Campaign Manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she supported progress on fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles, and held automakers and the oil industry accountable for spreading misinformation, blocking progress, and producing polluting products.

Before working with scientists, she mobilized the businesses community to advocate for climate, energy, and transportation policies with Ceres through Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major consumer brands that believe tackling climate change is an economic opportunity. Eleanor also worked on clean water, open spaces, waste, and other environmental issues with Environment Massachusetts as a Preservation Advocate.

Her work throughout her career has sought to integrate environmental, social, and economic movements that directly serve the people who stand to benefit the most and intentionally work to reconcile disparities and privileges. She gained organizing skills as an alumna of Green Corps, a fellowship for grassroots environmental organizing, as well as working as a staff and volunteer for various city, state, and federal office political campaigns. She currently serves on the board of Alternatives for Community and Environment, a 25-year-old local environmental justice organization based in Roxbury, MA. Eleanor graduated from Vassar College where she studied political science and geography.

Edward Fu, Senior Regulatory Counsel
Bird

Edward Fu leads the policy, legislative, and regulatory functions at Bird, which provides safe, affordable, and zero-emission micromobility to over a hundred cities around the world. He pioneered dozens of the first state laws governing e-scooters and micromobility, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on micromobility policy and regulatory issues.

Prior to joining Bird, Ed was a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He holds a J.D. from NYU and a B.S. in computer science from Rutgers University.

Shawn Garvey, CEO
Build Momentum

Jason Gies, Director of Business Development NEXT eMobility Solutions
Navistar

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist
State of Michigan

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve everyday problems for Detroiters, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public by getting things done.

Bringing Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century is a top priority for Lt. Governor Gilchrist. He brings a lifetime of experience to the task, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in the community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. Lt. Governor Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history.

During his time in Seattle, Gilchrist served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, where he helped launch a national text message program to recruit volunteers. He later served as the first Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and spent three years as National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, where he spearheaded equity and justice campaigns, including fighting to expand Medicaid in states with Republican governors, like Michigan.

This eventually led to his serving as the first ever Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit, where he used public data and technology to address every day concerns the community was facing – including an app to report issues such as broken fire hydrants, potholes and broken street lights. This mindset of harnessing technology to solve problems will play a critical role in finding solutions to improve the lives of people across the state.

A native of Detroit, Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s parents are proud lifelong Detroiters. His mother worked at General Motors for 32 years and his father worked in defense contract management for the Department of Defense. His family was active in the community, including serving in leadership roles within their various neighborhood associations, as well as the church. Lt. Governor Gilchrist began speaking at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit at age four, and later honed his skills under Dr. Frederick G. Sampson at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, currently reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and newborn daughter, Ruby.

Alycia Gilde, Senior Director, Fuels and Infrastructure
CALSTART

Alycia Gilde oversees CALSTART’s Fuels and Infrastructure Initiative and is currently advancing the nation’s largest programs to develop and implement alternative fuel corridors for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Working in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Ms. Gilde is building regional multi-state partnerships throughout the U.S. to expand federal designation of corridors for electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen. Ms. Gilde is also co-leading U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s West Coast Collaborative Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Corridor Coalition to evaluate infrastructure gaps and implement alternative fuel projects along transportation corridors in California, Oregon and Washington. In the last five years at CALSTART, Ms. Gilde has played a key leadership role with the organization’s Market Acceleration Program including strategic development, problem solving and industry engagement to advance commercialization of clean vehicle technologies. Initiatives include California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program, New York’s Truck Voucher Incentive Program and Illinois’s Drive Clean Chicago. Ms. Gilde also lead CALSTART’s efforts to administer the California Air Resources Board’s Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project.

Prior to CALSTART, Ms. Gilde managed some of the nation’s largest vehicle and freight emission reduction programs including; The Port Authority of NY and NJ Regional Truck Replacement Program, the South Bronx Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program, and San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and Clean Truck Programs. Ms. Gilde graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Global Environmental Mass Media and served in the Peace Corps as an Environment Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. In 2017, Ms. Gilde received an Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. EPA and The Responsible 100 CSR Award for Sustainability from City and State NY.

Krista Glotzbach, Partnerships
Western US, Via

Krista Glotzbach is the head of US Partnerships supporting the Western United States at Via, the world’s preeminent provider of digital infrastructure to power public mobility systems. Krista consults with cities, transit agencies, and private transit operators, helping them evaluate microtransit as a complement to their transportation networks. Prior to Via, Krista served as the Strategic Accounts and APAC lead for Tamr Inc., an enterprise data unification company who’s platform unifies data to deliver tangible business-changing insights. Krista holds a B.A. in Economics and Japanese from Stanford University and an executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sean Gouda, Manager of Business Development, Electrification
DTE Energy

Sean Gouda is a Manager for DTE (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services.  As a large investor-owned utility, DTE provides reliable electric and natural gas to more than 3.2 million customers throughout Michigan.

Sean’s team drives adoption of technologies in transportation electrification through three components, Education & Outreach, Advisory Services and EV charging Infrastructure.  Prior to leading DTE’s Electrification Business Development Team, Sean led DTE’s Business Energy Account Management Team responsible for the retention and growth of a $200 million commercial and industrial customer portfolio.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Business Turnaround Management from the University of Detroit Mercy.  Sean is a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Business Turnaround Manager.

Trevor Higgins, Director, Domestic Climate and Energy,
Center for American Progress

Sita Holtslag, Project Manager Sustainable Mobility
Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Sita Holtslag works for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) within the Government of the Netherlands. She is currently supporting the presidency of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) and is chair of two freight-related working groups within the TDA. One on zero-emission Urban freight and the ACTion group zero-emission freight vehicles.

U.S. Representative Jared Huffman, CA 2nd District

Angela Hultberg, Head of Sustainable Mobility
IKEA Retail (Ingka Group), Sweden

Angela Hultberg is the global Head of Sustainable Mobility at Ingka group (formerly IKEA Group). She is in lead of efforts related to the sustainable mobility agenda, reducing customer and co-worker travel emissions as well as achieving zero emission home deliveries and services.

James Kast, Fuel Cell Business Analyst
Toyota

Spiro Kattan, Fleet Supervisor,
City of New York Department of Sanitation

Ajay Kochhar, President and CEO, Co-Founder
Li-Cycle

Maryline Daviaud Lewett, Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch

Maryline leads sales and partnerships in distributed infrastructure and sustainable transportation for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. The group has extensive experience in design and engineering, procurement, and construction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure networks, fuel cell vehicle filling station networks, and behind-the-meter energy storage. Maryline has over 20 years in the CleanTech, Life Sciences, and Software industries. She holds a BA in Economics from Nantes University, France, and an MBA in Sustainability Management from the Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco.

U.S. Representative Mike Levin, CA 49th District

Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director
CALSTART

Ben Mandel is Northeast Regional Director at CALSTART, where he works to integrate cleaner, more efficient vehicle technologies into public and private fleets. Ben leads CALSTART’s work on market acceleration and policy development in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. Ben steers CALSTART’s provision of technical assistance and outreach for the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), support of NYMTC’s Clean Freight Corridors Planning Study, and development of the Zero-Emission Technology Inventory (ZETI) tool as part of CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Program. He has previously managed implementation of an electric vehicle workplace charging incentive and outreach program for commuters in downstate New York.

Prior to joining CALSTART, Ben led policy development and implementation activities at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for transportation and power sector initiatives in pursuit of New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. He previously held positions at NYU School of Law and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ben holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy & Resources from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Mathematical Economics and Hispanic Literature & Culture.

Maureen Marshall, Midwest Regional Director
CALSTART

Maureen Marshall is the Midwest Regional Director at CALSTART, where she is working with the private and public sectors on the development dual-use high efficiency vehicle technologies of value to both commercial and military users. Maureen leads CALSTART’s work to advance connected and automated vehicle technologies and address cybersecurity concerns, provide clean vehicle purchase incentives to fleets, and support the growth of the supply chain for advanced vehicle components and demonstration of zero and near-zero emissions solutions.

Maureen brings to CALSTART a wealth of experience and knowledge in key technology sectors and with organizations that are important to our work, including with vehicle OEMs, Tier suppliers and consulting work. She has held engineering positions with both Ford and Chrysler, where she worked on advanced global powertrains and electrical systems. She has worked at Siemens and Harman International, including work on connected car technology. She worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led work with the U.S. Army TARDEC that helped them shape their ground vehicle and connected vehicle strategies.

Maureen holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, as well as a certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT.

Jeremy Martin, Director of Fuels Policy & Senior Scientist, Clean Transportation Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

As Director of Fuels Policy in the Union of Concerned Scientists Clean Vehicles Program, Jeremy Martin works on state and federal fuels policies. Dr. Martin has testified before Congress and state legislatures and briefed legislators and regulators on key fuel policies.

Dr. Martin is the author of more than 15 technical publications and 13 patents on topics ranging from biofuels lifecycle accounting to semiconductors and polymer physics. His recent report for UCS, Fueling a Clean Transportation Future: Smart fuel choices for a warming world describes how transportation fuels are changing, and what can be done to reduce emissions from their production.

Before coming to UCS, Dr. Martin worked in research and development of computer chips at Advanced Micro Devices. Dr. Martin has a Ph.D. in chemistry and a minor in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and English literature from Haverford College.

Joseph Mendelson, III, Senior Counsel, Public Policy and Business Development
Tesla

Joe Mendelson serves as Senior Counsel, Public Policy and Business Development, where he leads Tesla’s policy and government relations work on international trade, climate change and carbon pricing, solar manufacturing, and sustainability. His current work supporting Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy includes addressing the impacts of altered federal tariff policies, reductions to vehicle fuel-efficiency regulations, and relaxation of Clean Air Act emissions standards on the company’s automotive, energy storage, and solar businesses.

He was Director, Policy & Electricity Markets for SolarCity prior to the company’s acquisition by Tesla in June 2016. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as the Democratic Chief Climate Counsel for the U.S. Senate’s Committee on the Environment and Public Works.

Prior to working on Capitol Hill, he was Director of Policy for the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate & Energy Program. He also co-founded and served as the Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment for over a decade.

As featured in the book, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court (Harvard Press, 2020), he initiated and litigated the first legal case in the U.S. seeking the control of carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act resulting in the landmark ruling of Massachusetts v. EPA.

He holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, he and his family currently reside in Arlington, VA.

Mary Nichols, Chair
The California Air Resources Board

Mary Nichols is the Chair of The California Air Resources Board, where she occupies the attorney seat. She has served on the Board under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (1975-82 and 2010-18), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007-2010) and Governor Gavin Newsom (2019—present.) She also served as California’s Secretary for Natural Resources (1999-2003), appointed by Gov. Gray Davis.

When not working for the State of California, Mary was a senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Regulation, in the administration of President William Jefferson Clinton; and headed the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.

Over a career as an environmental lawyer spanning over 45 years, Mary Nichols has played a key role in California and the nation’s progress toward healthy air. She has also led the Board in crafting California’s internationally recognized climate action plan.

Kim Okafor, Zero Emission Solutions Manager
Trillium – A Love’s Company

Kim Okafor is the Zero Emission Solutions Manager for Trillium and Love’s Travel Stop. This includes the EV fueling, hydrogen fueling and solar businesses. She has been with Trillium since Love’s Travel Stop acquired the company over 4 years ago. Before taking on the Zero Emission Solutions Manager role, Kim was the Sales Engineer for Trillium where she led the preliminary design and estimating for EV, Hydrogen and CNG stations. Before Trillium, Kim worked as a Subsea Engineer and Instrumentation and Controls Engineer for oil and gas projects overseas. Kim has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston. Kim’s goal as the Zero Emission Solutions Manager is to be a resource for transits and other fleet operators that are interested in zero emission fueling solutions.

Niki Okuk, Program Manager
CALSTART

Niki Okuk is the Alternative fuels Program Manager with oversight in marketing, strategy development, business development, and policy opportunities in the truck and off-road industry. In this position, she works to accelerate the adoption and use of alternative fuel vehicles and equipment, and support infrastructure development needs for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) and the Clean Off-Road Voucher Incentive Program (CORE). Okuk has substantial experience in the freight, trucking, and port operations as well as a long track record in environmental justice, and building community capacity, and equity outcomes.

Niki Okuk holds a master’s in Business Administration from Nanyang University, a bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University, and a certificate in Sustainability from MIT Sloan School of Business.

Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer
State of Michigan

Whitley Porter, Project Manager, Marketing and Communications,
CALSTART

Whitley currently works as the Project Manager for HVIP and CORE in the Marketing and Communications department. Her role includes: social media marketing and brand management, digital media production and content curation for marketing collateral.

Whitley holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside and a Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. Her education and desire to be a change agent in society and entertainment led her to the field of life coaching, PR, marketing and brand management.

Randy Premo, Regional Sales Manager – Northeast
BYD

Randy Premo joined BYD as Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast in Sept. of 2018. Prior to this, he was employed in the maintenance department of public transit for 25+ years in the Capital District of Albany NY @ CDTA. He worked his way up through all classifications in maintenance and left as Superintendent of Fleet Maintenance where his chief responsibilities were vehicle/bus warranties and off-property repairs, new bus contracts, and acceptance processes and support to include workplace safety and maintenance processes and technical improvements.

Gerald Roussel, Director, Government Affairs, Washington DC
Ford Motor Company

Gerald M. Roussel (Jerry) is currently Director of Government Affairs and has been at Ford since 1987 and in the Washington office since 1999.

Roussel is responsible for federal legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to environment, energy and safety issues involving the mobile and stationary sources. Specific issues include: climate change, fuel economy, electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, advance vehicle technologies and alternative fuels, child safety, along with other environmental and energy and safety initiatives.

In carrying out his duties, Roussel is responsible for interacting with policy makers and technical staff on future environmental and safety legislation and regulations.

Prior to his current assignment, Roussel worked in various activities at Ford including chairing a broad automotive industry panel working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board on various vehicle related emission issues.

Before joining Ford, Roussel worked in the aerospace business as a Project Engineer for the Advanced Technology Group at Sundstrand Corporation in Rockford, Illinois, a major components supplier to the Boeing, Lockheed, Rockwell, the U.S. Military and others.

Roussel graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, has a Law Degree from the University of Detroit, School of Law, and is a member of the Michigan State Bar.

Dipender Saluja, Managing Director
Capricorn Investment Group

Jackie Schmitz, Senior Professional Staff – Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House of Representatives

Jackie Schmitz serves as Senior Professional Staff for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, where she focuses on transit and climate policy.  This is Jackie’s second stint with the Committee after previously working there under Chairman Jim Oberstar.  Jackie previously handled transportation, energy, and environmental policy for Senator Robert Menendez and worked at Van Scoyoc Associates representing transportation and municipal clients.

Janea A. Scott, Vice Chair
California Energy Commission

Janea A. Scott serves as the Vice Chair of the California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency.

Scott is the lead Commissioner on the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, the Natural Gas Research Program, the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG), and collaboration within the western interconnection.

Scott serves as the Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body and is a member of the Western Interstate Energy Board and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. From 2013 to 2019 she supported the state’s transition to zero-emission vehicles by serving as Chair of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, as well as on the Public Policy Board of Veloz, a nonprofit founded by public and private sector industry veterans working together to advance the electric car movement, and the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy and at Environmental Defense Fund as a senior attorney in the climate and air program. She earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Chris Sheehan, Director – Logistics Sourcing, Implementation, and Sustainability
Anheuser-Busch

Fred Silver, Vice President
CALSTART

Fred provides executive oversight on the Low Carbon Bus and Hydrogen Vehicle Programs. He has worked with the Federal Transit Agency for more than twelve years focusing on the commercialization of new bus technologies including Zero Emission Fuel Cell and Battery Buses, Hybrid Vehicles and Advanced Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles. Fred was Director of the California Hybrid and Efficient Advanced Truck Research Center administered by CALSTART. The CalHEAT Truck Research Center has developed a Technology and Market Transformation Roadmap which results in California meeting the emissions and environmental policies as they relate to medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Fred’s past experience includes Business Development for GM Hughes Electronics and Delco Electronics where he worked on advanced propulsion and battery charging systems.

Fred has a background in power electronics including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Karl Simon, Director, Transportation and Climate Division
EPA

Katie Sloan, Director of Electrification, & Customer Service Governance
Southern California Edison

Debbie Stabenow, United States Senator
State of Michigan

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is the senior senator from Michigan and a prominent national leader who is recognized for her ability to build coalitions and get things done for Michigan and our nation.

Senator Stabenow is a longtime champion of policies that are critical to the development and deployment of advanced vehicles, from the EV/fuel cell incentives bill, to research and development through the Vehicle Innovation Act, to the Department of Energy’s SuperTruck program, to advanced battery storage and charging and refueling infrastructure investment. Last year she introduced the bipartisan Driving America Forward Act, which ensures consumers remain eligible for tax incentives to purchase electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from all automakers.

Senator Stabenow serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, Energy Committee, and Budget Committee. These positions give her a powerful role to play in shaping our nation’s manufacturing, energy, health care, and transportation policies.

Luke Stedke, Managing Director, Communications and Policy
DriveOhio

Raghusimha Sudhakara, Director – Demonstration Projects, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency Strategic Channel Engagement
Con Edison

Raghu Sudhakara is currently Director at Con Edison and is responsible for Company initiatives in transport electrification as well as demonstration projects piloting new and innovative utility business models. Additionally his team is also responsible for facilitating regulatory policy outcomes and engaging with stakeholders on issues related to energy efficiency, electric vehicles and demand management, so Con Edison is able to support and execute on New York’s ambitious clean energy agenda. Previously, he was involved with non-wires alternatives that developed portfolios of customer side resources in order to defer or offset building tradition infrastructure. And before that, he advocated on behalf of the Company on wholesale demand response and electricity market issues at NYISO and PJM. Before joining Con Edison in 2012, Raghu worked as a consultant to power generation companies around the world on power plant efficiencies. Raghu has bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and, a dual masters degree in Public Administration.

Aaron Suntag, Senior Policy Advisor
Senator Stabenow’s Office

Aaron Suntag serves as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. In this capacity, he advises the Senator on energy, environmental and automotive policies, including those that come before her as a member of the Energy & Natural Resources and Finance Committees. From 2010 to 2014, he served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. In the preceding 9 years, he worked on energy, environmental, tax, and natural resource issues for a Washington, D.C. consulting firm. Suntag has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University and attended Johns Hopkins University for a Dual M.A. in Business Administration and Government.

Debra Swartz, Sustainability Specialist
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Materials Management Division.

As manager of the Fuel Transformation Program, she led the development of the Michigan Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan which describes how Michigan will spend $64.8 million dollars it was allocated through the Volkswagen Settlement to mitigate nitrogen oxide emissions.

Debra is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been with state government for over 27 years working across three departments. She also spent five years running her own environmental consulting business serving public and private organizations.

Debra has dedicated her career to the advancement and adoption of sustainable business practices that support many of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. She has managed emission reduction and pollution prevention grant programs, provided education, outreach, and compliance assistance to a diverse cross-section of stakeholders to reduce their carbon footprint, prevent pollution, and transition to alternate fuel and zero emission vehicles.

Her most recent work to reduce diesel emissions from transportation has raised awareness about the importance of air quality and its impact on human health, the environment, and climate change. Through collaboration and comprehensive stakeholder engagement she has been able to foster strategic partnerships to advance cleaner transportation technologies across the state.

Julie Tighe, President
New York League of Conservation Voters and New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

Julie Tighe was named President of NYLCV and NYLCVEF in 2018. As President, she oversees the organizations’ policy, political, development, programmatic, and communications teams. Due in part to the League’s and her advocacy, the State enacted the Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act – the nation’s most progressive climate law, congestion pricing, the $3 Billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act, and several other pieces of legislation to reduce emissions from the transportation and buildings sectors. She also helped secure increased State funding for water infrastructure and New York City funding for parks and open spaces.

Previously, she served for more than eleven years at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in various roles, having been elevated to Chief of Staff following her role as Assistant Commissioner of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs. As DEC’s Chief of Staff, she was instrumental in advancing the agency’s legislative priorities including reform of the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program and a ten-year, $1 billion Superfund authorization. Ms. Tighe was a primary negotiator for the landmark $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, the incorporation of the Climate Change program into New York’s historic $300 million Environmental Protection Fund, three successful Constitutional Amendments, and the most comprehensive electronics recycling law in the country. She oversaw DEC’s policy development, helped run the nearly 3,000 employee agency, and served as a key member of the organization’s leadership team.

Chelsea Uphaus, Director of Marketing
ROUSH CleanTech

Chelsea Uphaus is the director of marketing for ROUSH CleanTech, the clean technology division of Roush Enterprises. Uphaus establishes ROUSH CleanTech as a leader in the advanced clean mobility industry through brand positioning and brand activation plans.

Since joining the company in 2011, she has served as marketing analyst and marketing manager, managing the corporate brand, website, media activities and trade shows. She is instrumental in keeping the company’s pulse on customers, dealers and industry partners.

Uphaus earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Livonia, Michigan with her husband, two sons and golden retriever.
She enjoys tennis, water skiing and chasing after her young boys.

Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President
CALSTART

Bill Van Amburg has over 40 years of experience, including technology development, commercialization and marketing. He is considered an industry expert in advanced technologies for transportation.

Bill is the Initiative leader for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment sector, the largest practice area at CALSTART. His responsibilities include heading up strategy and overseeing the Initiative’s portfolio of activities as well as leading business development and other executive management activities for CALSTART. He and his team recently developed with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) a “beachhead” strategy for market transformation of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for zero emission, low NOx and efficiency technology pathways that formed the basis for a multi-year investment plan. This strategy is also now the basis of CALSTART’S newest program, the Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero initiative (Drive to Zero). His teams operate multiple projects, including California HVIP, Drive Clean Chicago, New York Truck Voucher Incentive Project, High-efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) and a portfolio of technology development, demonstration and validation projects, from ultra-low emission opposed piston engines for Class 8 trucks to all-electric and range extended drayage and delivery trucks and cargo handling equipment.

Bill is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, has a certificate in brand management from Stanford and served on the founding Board of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Prior to joining CALSTART in 1992 he was an award-winning broadcast journalist focused on science, technology and the environment, which included reporting on the 1980 eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano.

Sydney Vergis, Assistant Division Chief
California Air Resources Board

Amanda Walker, Legal Counsel
Canoo Inc.

Amanda is a commercial lawyer with over 8 years of experience in the Clean Tech industry. She currently serves as Legal Counsel for Canoo Inc., a Torrance-based electric vehicle company with a mission to revolutionize the EV and future mobility market, leading a transformation in the way vehicles are designed, engineered and manufactured. As part of her many responsibilities at Canoo, Amanda helps lead its government affairs activities, mostly recently advancing Canoo’s efforts to pass an EV subscription bill (AB326) in the California legislature. Prior to joining Canoo, Amanda held senior attorney positions with electric vehicle manufacturer, Faraday Future and residential solar company, American Solar Direct. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, San Diego and a JD from Whittier Law School.

Kevin Walkowicz, Senior Director, Trucks and Off-Road
CALSTART

Kevin Walkowicz is the Sr. Director of CALSTART’s Truck and Off-Road Initiative where he leads efforts to help accelerate the pace of clean tech adoption in the medium and heavy-duty truck and off-highway space. Prior to joining CALSTART, he managed the Advanced Commercial Vehicle and Charging Infrastructure Group within NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. There, he led efforts to develop and implement innovative research approaches to reduce transportation energy consumption and increase the use of domestic renewable resources in the transportation industry. His work focused on conducting laboratory and in-use research, characterizing data and developing analysis, simulation & visualization tools.

He hopes his efforts will ultimately help to increase the use of clean and advanced technology for medium and heavy-duty vehicles + infrastructure. A primary focus of his has been on understanding vehicle operations, assessing electric vehicle efficiency and characterizing fueling and recharging operations through duty cycle analysis.

Prior to joining NREL he worked at General Motors Corporation working with the vehicle development teams to lead emission control development projects. He holds a B.S.M.E from Lawrence Technological University and a M.S. in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President,
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jonathan Weisgall is Vice President for Government Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. He joined CalEnergy (Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s predecessor company) in 1993. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies and is on the Geothermal Resources Council (now Geothermal Rising) Policy Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a seminar on energy issues since 1990 and recently received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award as outstanding adjunct professor of the year. He has also guest lectured on energy issues at Stanford Law School, Haverford, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has been named one of the top Washington, DC corporate lobbyists by The Hill since 2004. Weisgall graduated from Columbia College and Stanford Law School and has published articles in Legal Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, SAIS Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Christine Weydig, Director
Office of Environmental and Energy Programs

Andrew Wishnia, Esq., Senior Advisor – Committee on Environment and Public Works
U.S. Senate
Andrew Wishnia has worked in the United States Senate since January 2017, including most recently as a Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Tom Carper on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) since September 2018. Andrew negotiated and co-wrote America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA, S.2302), the highway title to reauthorize surface transportation programs, which was reported out of EPW unanimously in July 2019. Andrew also co-wrote the Senate Democratic Blueprint, and managed the minority response to the Administration’s rewrite of the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.

Prior to his service in the U.S. Senate, Andrew served at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from 2010 to 2017, including as the Special Assistant for Policy to the Federal Highway Administration Administrator. In prior capacities, Andrew managed legislative and regulatory affairs in the FHWA Office of Safety, and represented the Office of Safety on the Transportation Performance Management Council. Andrew began his career at the U.S. Department of Transportation providing technical assistance to Congress during the formulation of MAP-21 in the FHWA Office of Policy and Government Affairs. Previously, Andrew served in the White House Council on Environmental Quality as a Senior Program Manager in the Office of Federal Sustainability, and in the U.S. House Representatives as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Yarmuth where Andrew was Congressman Yarmuth’s chief policy advisor on transportation issues. Andrew started his career in Washington D.C. over a decade ago working for then-Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar. Andrew is a lawyer by background and is originally from Louisville, Kentucky.

Kyle Winslow, Federal Policy Director
CALSTART

Kyle Winslow serves as CALSTART’s federal policy director, based in Washington, D.C. Winslow served as Legislative Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under the Obama administration from 2013-2017. He was later appointed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser as Associate Director to advise her office on D.C. Council policy and legislative affairs, including on transportation and environment issues; and most recently worked in federal grants consulting. In his new role at CALSTART, Winslow will lead the organization’s federal outreach to Congressional and agency stakeholders, including U.S. Department of Transportation and DOE.

A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Winslow graduated from Bucknell University and received his Master of Public Policy from the George Washington University.

Daniel Witt, Public Policy Lead
Lucid Motors

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