2015 Keynote Speakers

Ola Elvestuen | Chair, Energy and Environment Committee; Member of Parliament, Norway; and Former Deputy Mayor, City of Oslo  

Ola Elvestuen

Peter Harrop | Founder and Chairman, IDTechEx  

Peter Harrop

Jim Piro | President, Portland General Electric  

Jim Piro

Featured Speakers

Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Drive Oregon  

Jeff Allen

Charlotte Argue | Assistant Manager, Climate Change & Air Quality Program, Fraser Basin Council

Charlotte Argue

Thomas Ashley | Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Greenlots  

Thomas Ashley

Max Baumhefner | Attorney, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC  

Max Baumhefner

Phil Barnhart | State Representative, State of Oregon  

Phil Barnhart

Andy Bartosh | Program Manager, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, ABB Inc.  

Andy Bartosh

Suhrid Bhat | Director of Automotive Solutions, ChargePoint  

Suhrid Bhat

Dan Bowermaster | Program Manager, Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute   

Dan Bowermaster

Bowermaster completed the Wharton-Lauder dual graduate degree program, earning a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of Business and a master's in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and in international relations from the University of California, Davis. Bowermaster represents EPRI as an active member of various state and federal electric vehicle collaborative groups. Areas of expertise: electric transportation, plug-in electric vehicles, electric utility PEV readiness, electric utility customer support, natural gas vehicles, manufacturing, human resources.

Kate Brown | Governor, State of Oregon  

Kate Brown

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Brown served for 17 years in the state legislature: five years in the Oregon House of Representatives and 12 years in the Oregon State Senate. In 2004, Brown made history when she became the first woman in Oregon history to serve as Senate Majority Leader, after being elected by her colleagues. During her time in the legislature, Kate Brown led efforts on government accountability and reform. In 2007, she successfully spearheaded legislation that The Oregonian called the "state's most sweeping package of ethics reforms in 34 years." And she led a bipartisan group of legislators to pass Oregon's most significant campaign finance reform law in a generation, making campaign contributions more transparent than ever before by creating an online database for campaign finance reporting. As a leader who has always been on the side of working Oregon families, Brown successfully helped pass Family and Medical Leave, making Oregon one of the first states in the nation to allow parents to stay home with their sick children without fear of losing their jobs. She also put Oregon on the map as the first state to require insurance companies to cover annual breast exams for women over 18 as part of preventive health care screenings. Brown has also been a longtime leader in advancing civil rights and marriage equality. In 2007, she helped to pass the Oregon Equality Act, a civil rights law that prohibited discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation. And Brown was instrumental in passing Oregon's Family Fairness Act, which legally recognizes committed same-­sex relationships as domestic partnerships. Prior to running for public office, Brown practiced family and juvenile law. She taught at Portland State University, worked with the Juvenile Rights Project and co-founded the Oregon Women's Health and Wellness Alliance, which has been leading efforts to support women's health for more than 20 years. Brown grew up in Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-­Boulder. Kate came to Oregon to attend Lewis and Clark's Northwestern School of Law, where she received her law degree and Certificate in Environmental Law. With her husband Dan, Brown raised Dan's son and daughter, who are now grown, in Portland. When Brown is not busy at the Capitol in Salem, you'll find her horseback riding or hiking. In February of 2015, Brown and her husband moved into the official residence, Mahonia Hall.

Tonia Buell | Interim Director, Public-Private Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation  

Tonia Buell

Mac Burns | Regional Sales Director, Proterra   

Mac Burns

Rich Byczek | Global Technical Lead for Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage, Intertek  

Rich Byczek

Eric Cutter | Senior Managing Consultant, E3

Eric Cutter

Harry Dalgaard | Destination Development Specialist, Travel Oregon  

Harry Dalgaard

Cedric Daniels | Electric Transportation Manager, Alabama Power Company  

Cedric Daniels

Peter Dempster | Business Development and Sales Manager, Drive Now  

Peter Dempster

Andrew Dick | Transportation Analyst, NESCAUM   

Andrew Dick

Larry Dixon | Senior Manager, Market Intelligence, NADA  

Larry Dixon

Angus Duncan | Founder and President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation  

Angus Duncan

Topher Edwards | Daytime Instructor, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center  

Topher Edwards

Stephen Ellis | Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Company  

Stephen Ellis

Jim Francfort | Research and Development Engineer/Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory  

Jim Francfort

John Gartner | Research Director, Navigant Research  

John Gartner

Chris Gearhart | Center Director, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Chris Gearhart

Karen Glitman | Director of Transportation Efficiency, VEIC  

Karen Glitman

At the Vermont Agency of Transportation she served as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (1995-2003). She was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985-1990.

Robert Graham | Director, EV Everywhere Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy

Robert Graham

Sekita Grant | Program Manager, Environmental Equity, The Greenlining Institute  

Sekita Grant

Bengt Halvorson | Deputy Editor, High Gear Media  

Bengt Halvorson

Richard Hanley | Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project Manager, Connecticut Department of Transportation  

Richard Hanley

Karen Harris | Consultant, John Merck Fund

Karen R. Harris

Brett Hauser | CEO, Greenlots and Co-founder, Open Charge Alliance  

Brett Hauser

Most recently, at Columbus Nova, a Manhattan based private equity investment firm, Hauser was responsible for restructuring various multi-million dollar corporations in telematics, mobile resource management, telecommunications and natural resources. He has also served on numerous boards for companies including Vericom Technologies, sentitO Networks, Virginia Diamond Fields and Clareos. Hauser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Hillman | NW Client Relations Manager, Blink Network a Car Charging Company  

Amy Hillman

Mette Hoé | Program Manager, Copenhagen Electric  

Mette Hoe

Ashley Horvat | Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Plugshare  

Ashley Horvat

Prior to her work in Oregon, Horvat conducted field conservation biology as a research assistant with a 17-member field crew on a research vessel in conjunction with the University of Victoria whale research lab in Flores Island, British Columbia and worked for the Michigan Environmental Council. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science & Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University. Horvat works in PlugShare's new SE Portland office housed in the historic Washington High School building.

Andrew Hudgins | Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Andrew Hudgins

Michael Huggins | Landside Operations Manager, Port of Portland  

Michael Huggins

Matt Jones | Head of Future Infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover  

Matt Jones

Tom Kelly | President, Neil Kelly  

Tom Kelly

John MacArthur | Sustainable Transportation Manager, TREC at Portland State University  

John MacArthur

Ellen Mantus | Scholar and Director of Risk Assessment, Board on Environmental Studies & Toxicology, National Research Council

Ellen Mantus

Jeremy McCool | Founder and CEO, HEVO Power  

Jeremy McCool

David McCreadie | Manager, EV Infrastructure and Smart Grid Technology, Ford

David McCreadie

Senan McGrath | Chief Technology Officer, ESB eCars, ESB   

Senan McGrath

Marvin Moon | Director of Power System Engineering, LADWP  

Marvin Moon

Sarah Moore | Planner, Energy and Sustainable Development, City of Berkeley   

Sarah Moore

Patricia Monahan | Transportation Program Director, Energy Foundation  

Patricia Monahan

Patricia spent eight years as a scientist working on air pollution and toxics issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC and San Francisco. She also worked for several years as an energy analyst at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, where her research encompassed industrial energy use and efficiency, projections of energy use and pollution, and international strategies for reducing heat-trapping gas emissions. Ms. Monahan has a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

John Morris | Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director-West, CLEAResult  

John Morris

Rashad Morris | Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation  

Rashad Morris

Jonathan Morrison | President, Auto Advisory Services

Jonathan Morrison

Jonathan received his B. Phil. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and then went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and an LL.M. from University College London in 2005.

Jeff Muhs | Director, Business Development, WiTricity Corp.  

Jeff Muhs

Bill Nesmith | Energy Advisor, NASEO  

Bill Nesmith

Michael Nicholas | Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Transportation, UC Davis  

Michael Nicholas

Nick Nigro | Founder, Atlas Public Policy  

Nick Nigro

While at C2ES, Nick wrote 14 reports on private finance, electric vehicles, lifecycle emissions from vehicle and fuels, federal transportation legislation, ridesharing, and other related topics. He also managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation. In a prior life, Nick spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in under four years, and led projects with the largest impact on company revenue. While at Oasis, Nick developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery. Nick is also a founding member of a non-profit organization called the Ridesharing Institute.

Jonathan Oakley | Director of Sales, EV Solutions, Aerovironment  

Jonathan Oakley

Vish Palekar | CEO, Mahindra GenZe   

Vish Palekar

Margarita Parra | Program Officer, Environment Program, The Hewlett Foundation  

Margarita Parra

David Peterson | Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint, Inc.  

David Peterson

Bronwyn Pierce | Global Sustainability Program Manager, Hewlett Packard  

Bronwyn Pierce

Wilfred Pinfold | Director, Research and Advanced Development, Intel Corporation   

Wilfred Pinfold

Joel Pointon | Principal, JRP Charge

Joel Pointon

Cassie Powers | Program Manager, National Association of State Energy Officials  

Cassie Powers

Ben Prochazka | Director of Strategic Initiatives, Electrification Coalition   

Ben Prochazka

Rich Quattrini | Senior Director of Business Development, ChargePoint   

Rich Quattrini

Jordan Ramer | President, EV Connect  

Jordan Ramer

David Roberts | Senior Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corp  

David Roberts

Pasquale Romano | President and CEO, ChargePoint  

Pasquale Romano

Jeff Rosenfeld | Senior Technical Specialist, ICFI  

Jeff Rosenfeld

Dr. Rosemarie Russo | Sustainability Coordinator, City of Fort Collins & Adjunct Sustainability Professor, ASU  

Rosemarie Russo

Crystal Rutland | CEO and Co-founder, Empirical  

Crystal Rutland

Kellen Schefter | Manager, Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute  

Kellen Schefter

Alex Schroeder | Manager, Transportation Technology Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Alex Schroeder

Chelsea Sexton | Founder, Lightning Rod Foundation   

Chelsea Sexton

Bob Siegel | Senior Innovator, Advanced Strategy, Verizon Telematics  

Bob Siegel

Wesley Smith | Chief Development Officer, WAVE  

Wesley Smith

Matt Stevens | CEO, CrossChasm Technologies Inc.  

Matt Stevens

Brady Tacdol | Road Charge Project Manager, California Department of Transportation   

Brady Tacdol

Diane Turchetta | Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. DOT-FHWA

Diane Turchetta

Dexter Turner | President & CEO, OpConnect  

Dexter Turner

John Voelcker | Editor, Green Car Reports  

John Voelcker

Harm Weken | Managing Partner, FIER Automotive  

Harm Weken

Based on the results the EU project team works with local and national authorities on defining their e-mobility strategy. A second main aim of the project is to increase the uptake of EV's at large commercial and public fleets, through hands-on coaching and TCO calculations for fleet management. Harm was from 2006-2012 strongly involved in the initiation and realisation of the Automotive Campus in the Netherlands, the hotspot for research, development and education, for which he also did with his team the overall business planning and funding application, including for the - meanwhile realised - advanced test facilities for automotive SME's on for example Electric Mobility. As part of business development support programs, Harm initiated and has since 2005 led numerous business development and innovation missions for Dutch companies to other EU countries, to Asia and North America, many with a strong focus on EV. Currently FIER is for example running a program for bilateral business development in electric mobility between the Netherlands and Germany. Harm is advisory board member of Drive Oregon; "Ambassador" for EVU / Electric Vehicle Union (a Norwegian based organisation on e-mobility); and chairman of the board of the foundation Limburg Electric, which stimulates through hands-on projects electric mobility in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.

Ivy Wheeler | Senior Manager, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners  

Ivy Wheeler

Wim Wiewel | President, Portland State University  

Wim Wiewel

He has served as chair of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and is currently the chair of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, as well as a board member of many other local and national organizations. Wim Wiewel holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Portland State, he was provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Baltimore, where he led efforts to broaden the university's role in the city's revitalization. Previously, Dr. Wiewel served as dean of the College of Business Administration and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he helped establish the Great Cities Program and the Center for Urban Economic Development. Besides the aforementioned books - and other books - he has authored dozens of articles in such publications as Economic Geography and the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Daniel Witt | Manager, Business Development and Policy, Tesla Motors  

Daniel Witt

Lyuba Wolf | Business Development Manager, Chargepoint  

Lyuba Wolf

Tracy Woodard | Director of Government Affairs, Nissan North America  

Tracy Woodard

Woodard came to Nissan from the Nashville-based firm of Smith Johnson & Carr, where she worked as a lobbyist for seven years. Previously, she had served as a legislative assistant for the Tennessee General Assembly and as a research aide for the Energy Environment and Research Center in Knoxville. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. A native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, she now lives in Nashville, and her office is located at Nissan's headquarters.

Kevin Womack | Director, Office of Research, Development and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation  

Kevin Womack

He worked for Senators James Jeffords and Harry Reid as majority staff (Democrats) on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Dr. Womack has served as an At-Large Director for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and was elected a Fellow to the Society in April of 2010. From 2002 to 2008 Dr. Womack was on the National Academies Research and Technology Coordinating Committee, which serves as a research advisory committee to the FHWA.

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