Roadmap 11

2019 Keynote

Jessica Vega Pedersen | Commissioner, Multnomah County  

Jessica Vega Pedersen

2019 Speakers

Speaker by last name: A-D, E-H, I-L, M-P, Q-T, U-W, X-Z

Geoffrey Abraham | Principle, Creative Director, Self Brand Studio  

Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth  

Jeff Allen

Takafumi Anegawa | President of Research Institute, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO)

Michael Backstrom | Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison

In 2015, Mr. Backstrom moved to the position of Director, Customer Experience at SCE. He was responsible for customer satisfaction improvement strategies, website development, and the marketing of customer programs and services. In 2017, he assumed his current position. Prior to joining SCE, Mr. Backstrom was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Howrey, LLP, where his practice focused on commercial litigation. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997, and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California in 2000.

Ed Bernardon | Vice President, Strategic Automotive Initiatives, Siemens PLM Software  

Steve Bloch | Western Regional Vice President, ABB Inc.

Steve Bloch

Linda Bluestein | National Clean Cities Co-Director, U.S. Department of Energy  

Linda Bluestein

Eric Cahill | Program Director, Plug In America  

Eric Cahill

Neal Callinan | Electric Vehicle Specialist, Xcel Energy

Heath Carney, PhD | Principal, Sustainable Transportation Solutions

Michael Chiacos | Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Community Environmental Council

Lisa Chiladakis | Manager, Technology and Programs, Veloz

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Director, Clean Transportation for All Campaign, Sierra Club  

She earned a B.A. from Tufts University and a Master's in Public Administration at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where she wrote a case study published by Harvard Law School on the advocacy efforts that led to the 2007 law increasing U.S. vehicle fuel economy standards. Coplon-Newfield has been widely quoted and published in various media outlets. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two daughters and regularly walks, takes transit, and drives electric.

Hana Creger | Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute  

Jordan Davis | Director, Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership

In that role she drove the thought leadership agenda for the region's business community and advanced community impact initiatives. One of which was the formation of Columbus' Student Engagement Strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining Ohio State students post-graduation with innovative programming and community engagement. In the community, Jordan is Co-founder of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy and member of the board for Columbus School for Girls.

Carlo De La Cruz | Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club  

Darren Epps | Product Development Specialist, Southern Company

Joe Ficalora | EV Dealership Specialist, Center for Sustainable Energy

Zach Franklin | Chief Strategy Officer, GRID Alternatives  

Susan Freedman | Senior Regional Energy/Climate Planner, San Diego Association of Governments  

Gil Friend | Chairman, Natural Logic, Inc. and Founder, Critical Path Capital  

Graciela Garcia | Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board

Greg Gaug | Vice President of Investments, Ulupono Initiative  

John Gerra | Director of Business Development, BYD  

Tara Lynn Gray | President & CEO, Fresno Metro Black Chamber and Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation  

Gray has been an Advisor for Solano and Alameda County Small Business Development Centers, served as a non-profit Program Manager and Director of Operations as well as run her own Information Technology consulting business for 15 years. She maintains a deep and wide community network that provides insights and access to leadership fighting some of the complex socio-economic problems facing communities today. She sits on several non-profit boards including Child Haven, Inc, CA Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Sickle Cell Network, and Abundant Life Worship Center. Her advocacy and community involvement also includes work with the Caltrans Small Business Council, State of CA Employment Development Department Small Business Employer Advisory Committee (EDD SBEAC) and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Ms. Gray is a member of US Women's Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Gray's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA; a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ; and a Management Development for Entrepreneurs Certificate, UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Jennifer Green | Sustainability Officer, City of Burlington  

Espen Hauge | President, AVERE - the European Association for Electromobility  

Zach Henkin | Deputy Director, Forth  

Thor Hinckley | Senior Program Manager, Forth  

Samantha Houston | Vehicles Analyst, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists  

Dr. Holmes Hummel | Principal & Founder, Clean Energy Works  

Karen Hsu | Senior Director, Business Development, Utilities, eMotorWerks

Andre Javier-Barry | Senior Account Manager and Business Development , D+R International  

Andre Javier-Barry

Phil Jones | Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE)

Phil Jones

Commissioner Jones served on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) from March, 2005 to March, 2017 for a total of twelve years, or two six-year terms. Originally appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire and confirmed unanimously by the state Senate for his original term, he was re-appointed by the same Governor in January, 2011 for an additional term. Mr. Jones served in many advisory roles in the energy and communications sectors during his tenure, and was active nationally with the FERC, U.S. Department of Energy, DHS, and the FCC. In the communications field, Mr. Jones served on the North American Numbering Council (NANC) and the Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) of the FCC regarding NG 911 system deployment. He also currently services on the Advisory Council of EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) today as the "public voice" of R&D activities for the utility industry, and served two terms as Commissioner.

Brendan Jordan | Vice President, Great Plains Institute

Randal Kaufman | Sales Director, Black & Veatch

Michelle Kinman | Director of Transportation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator  

Megha Lakhchaura | Director, Policy and Utility Programs, EVBox  

Tin Le | Staff Specialist, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Kent Leacock | Sr. Director Government Relations and Public Policy, Proterra  

Oleg Logvinov | President and CEO, IoTecha  

Sergio Lopez | Program Manager, Forth

Josh Loyd | Utility Consultant, Burns & McDonnell  

Alan Mace | HD Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Jorge Madrid | Senior Program Manager, Cities, Energy Foundation

John Markowitz, PE, CEM | Lead Engineer, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Joey Marquart | Senior Vice President, Edelman  

Kevin Matthews | Managing Director, National Strategies, LLC

Prior to joining NSI, Kevin served as the Director of Government Relations for AIG Environmental, a leading environmental insurance and financial services firm that offers products specifically designed to handle environmental liability and clean-up issues. Kevin has also served in various positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency where he worked for Administrator Carol M. Browner as both Special Assistant and Senior Congressional Liaison. Kevin holds a B.A. in History from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Zach McGuire | EV and Smart Mobility Adoption Manger, Columbus Partnership

Tegan Molloy | Program Manager, Forth

William Murtha | Reporter, Argus Media

Aric Ohana | Co-Founder, Envoy Technologies  

Tom Okada | Executive Director of Business Development, WiTricity

Tom serves as a mentor for startup companies through Japan's NEDO TCP program and Next Innovator program sponsored by Japan's METI. Tom holds B.S. Electrical Engineering Degree from Arizona State University and holds 4 US patents in wireless communication and logic design. Born and raised in Japan and later educated in the US, he lives with his family in San Francisco Bay area.

Carolyn Parrs | CEO, Mind Over Markets  

Tyler Petersen | Senior Manager, EV Initiatives, Center for Sustainable Energy  

Before CSE, Tyler worked as a business analyst for Quasar Federal Systems, a startup technology company developing a smart grid application for electric transmission systems and served as a U.S. State Department clean energy fellow in Australia working on solar and energy efficiency projects. He also served in the Peace Corps as a Sustainable Community Development Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean. Tyler holds a M.A. in International Economics and Environmental Policy from the University of California, San Diego.

Kyle Pynn | Electric Vehicle Business Line Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Alisa Reinhardt | Director of Regulatory Affairs, California New Car Dealers Association  

A California native, Alisa earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Political Science from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While at McGeorge, Alisa served as both Secretary and Vice President of the student body and spent two summers in Guatemala and London studying international business law and politics.

David Roberts | Senior Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation  

David Roberts

Alexis Schayowitz | Director, Transportation, ICF

Alexis Schayowitz

Jeanette Shaw | Senior Director, Public Affairs and Policy, Forth

Sophie Shulman | Chief of Innovative Mobility, Colorado Department of Transportation

Barton Sidles | Director of Corporate and Business Development, Hubject Inc.  

Barton Sidles

Sidles has more than 25 years of experience in international business development, disruptive mobility operations, clean energy, transportation, sales/marketing, mergers and acquisitions and PR. Prior to joining Hubject, he helped to launch Green Commuter, an EV vanpool/car share service, was co-Founder of both a software development company and a consulting firm in Europe and was an investment banker for 8 years. Mr. Sidles is comfortable in German, Romanian and French languages.

Peter Slowik | Researcher, International Council on Clean Transportation  

Peter Slowik

Dr. Daniel Sperling | Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis)  

Daniel Sperling

Ethan Sprague | VP Sales, FreeWire Technologies, Inc.

Ethan Sprague

Katherine Stainken | Policy Director, Plug-in America

Katherine Stainken

Jennifer States | Business Development Manager and Senior Consultant, DNV GL  

Jennifer States

Josh Stebbins | Managing Attorney, Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

Josh Stebbins

Marie Steele | Principal, e-centricity, LLP  

Marie Steele

Paul Stith | Director, Strategy & Innovation, Black & Veatch  

Paul Stith

Matt Streit | Senior Vice President, Edelman  

Matt Streit Matt's work in digital spans strategy and planning, content creation, community engagement and paid media. Matthew also worked in communications on Capitol Hill where he served as an official spokesperson and promoted energy and environment policies and legislation that encouraged economic growth and environmental stewardship. Matt has a BA in Political Science and has completed training at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Mark Tang | Staff Specialist, Bay Area Air Quality Management District  

Mark Tang

Terry Travis | Co-Founder, EVHybridNoire

Terry Travis

Terry is also the managing partner of EVNoire - Mobility Intelligence Group, a consulting group that works in the area of Transportation, Energy & Environmental Health equity and has compiled extensive data on Mobility needs within diverse communities. He is a subject matter expert consulting on strategies to engage disadvantaged communities in the areas of Mobility and clean/sustainable energy platforms as well as highlighting the financial & public health benefits of driving next-generation zero emission vehicles.. He has led collaborations with non profits, government agencies, public health groups, regional & national organizations as well as manufacturers to expand EV market share.

Mike Usen | Senior Transportation and Environmental Planner, DKS Associates

Mike Usen

Anna Vanderspek | Energy Programs Manager, Green Energy Consumers Alliance  

Anna Vanderspek

Bill Van Amburg | Executive Vice President, CALSTART

Bill Van Amburg

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.

Grace Van Horn | Consultant, M.J. Bradley & Associates  

Grace Van Horn

John Voelcker | Automotive Journalist & Industry Analyst  

John Voelcker

Shannon Walker | New Mobility, Electric & Autonomous Vehicle Lead, Seattle Department of Transportation  

Shannon Walker

Jesse Way | Climate Policy Analyst, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)  

Jesse Way

Marcus Welz | CEO, Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems and Bytemark, Inc.  

Marcus Welz

Harm Weken | Managing Partner, FIER Automotive & Mobility

Harm Weken

Ding Xiaohua | Deputy Director, Shanghai Electric Vehicle Public Data Collecting Monitoring and Research Center

Ding Xiaohua

Xiang Zhang | Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology

Xiang Zhang

View past speakers here: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.