Day One Speakers
President & CEO of the Western Propane Gas Association
Joy Alafia is the President & CEO of the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), an organization that values propane as part of California’s clean energy economy. Under her direction, the association is focused on the commercialization renewable propane as well as seeking other innovative propane technology developments. Joy previously served as an advisory member for the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program which supports the accelerated development and deployment of advanced transportation fuels and technologies. Her employment history includes the California Association of REALTORS®, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI). Joy also currently serves on the Board for the non-profit Building Diversity in Science, an organization committed to increasing the role of underrepresented groups in STEM careers. Joy has a BS in Physics from Spelman College and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
President and Chief Executive Officer, 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.
James D Boyle
Director of Planning, Sacramento Regional Transit District
Over 15 years of transportation/transit experience. Currently director of Planning for Sacramento Regional Transit.
Previously held jobs include Chief of Statewide Planning for Alaska DOT, Regional Planner for Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Transportation Planner for CDM Smith in Atlanta, Ga.
He enjoys traveling, hiking and family time.
Regional Sales Director, TEC Equipment
Tracey Craik is a proven Sales Leader in the transportation industry who specializes in partnerships with companies that are looking for transportation solutions to meet regulations while also improving their operations and profits.
She has spent over 30 years in the Southern California transportation segment gaining experiences in areas such as OEM partnerships, customer relations management, pricing analysis, dealer management and new business acquisition.
Tracey is a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association/ATD Dealer Academy
President/CEO, Valley Pacific Petroleum
Raj Dhillon, Senior Manager
Advocacy & Public Policy, Breathe Southern California
Raj Dhillon has nearly a decade of experience in the political arena, government relations, and legislative analysis and advocacy. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy for Breathe Southern California (Breathe SoCal), an environmental health nonprofit organization focused on air quality and lung health issues. Previously, Raj worked for Senate Majority Leader Robert M. Hertzberg dating back to Senator Hertzberg’s 2014 campaign for State Senate.
Arriving at Breathe SoCal to revitalize the Advocacy & Public Policy department, Raj pursues legislation to improve lung health, and he seeks to develop strategies to increase the number of clean medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Prior to joining Breathe SoCal, Raj’s time in Senator Hertzberg’s office is where Raj developed the largest and most comprehensive internship program in the legislature while having spearheaded research on several topics that included government efficiency, tax reform, and housing/homelessness.
Raj earned his B.A. in Political Science & Government and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He is proud to serve on multiple boards, including the Advisory Board of CSUN’s MPA Program; the Board of Directors of New Directions for Youth, Inc., a comprehensive youth development agency; and on the Advisory Committee of the National Stewardship Action Council. Furthermore, Raj maintains an active network in the California Democratic Party and Young Democrats groups.
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.
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
California’s 58th Assembly District
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia has served in the state Assembly since being first elected in 2012, representing California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera and Norwalk. First as a dynamic community organizer and civic activist, and now as a new generation of leader in the California State Legislature, Cristina has often been referred to as a “Force of Nature.”
Assemblymember Garcia is on a mission to educate, empower and engage her constituents and her colleagues in the Legislature, particularly when it comes to her three legislative priorities:
Assemblymember Garcia has made addressing gender inequity a priority by introducing Assembly Bill1561 and its successor AB 9, which would repeal the state sales tax on feminine health products; she also led the charge to update the definition of rape in light of the Brock Turner verdict, starting a national dialogue on both issues. This includes being a mentor to encourage more women to run and hold positions in public office.
Before being elected to public office, Cristina Garcia had already staked her claim as a warrior for ethical conduct in local and state government. When the city of Bell corruption scandal broke, gaining national attention, Bell residents turned to Cristina to take action. She worked with concerned citizens to form the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse (BASTA), a local advocacy organization that forced Bell’s corrupt officials out of office and ushered in accountability and transparency for the first time in the city’s history.
To address the black cloud of corruption that hung over the State Capitol, Assemblymember Garcia introduced a wide ranging ethics and transparency package of bills, the “Political Conduct, Ethics and Public Trust Acts of 2014,” written to reform our political structure and help to restore the public’s trust in their government. Through the political turmoil, she succeeded in her legislative efforts and was rewarded when Governor Jerry Brown signed five of her reform measures into law.
Ethics and Good Government
Cristina is also a passionate advocate for issues concerning civic engagement. Today, as a statewide leader, Assemblymember Garcia continues her efforts to protect and educate our state’s children and is dedicated to educating, engaging and empowering her community on all levels.
Assemblymember Garcia launched her Young Legislator’s program in 2013 to mentor high school students in her district to become the leaders of tomorrow. The Young Legislators are given hands-on experience working within their communities, as they participate in local events hosted by Assemblymember Garcia’s district office. Young Legislators who successfully complete the program travel to the State Capitol in Sacramento where they participate in bill development, mock committee hearings and a floor session in the state Assembly chambers. Most recently, she started her Fellows in Government program to mentor 8th graders in her district to become the change agents of the future. Like the young legislators, they are given a hands-on experience as to how government is structured and how change is made.
Socio-Economic & Environmental Justice
The Assemblymember has also been a staunch proponent on environmental justice issues. She has been instrumental on creating a funding stream for the cleanup of man-made environmental disasters like Exide. She stands up for disadvantaged communities by demanding more resources and fighting for tougher air standards like those contained in AB 617. She fought for the ability to stop emissions that pose imminent and substantial endangerment to public health with AB 1132. She has asked that small communities get their fair share by demanding more equitable distribution of investment for transportation and infrastructure so that cleaner running busses and electric vehicles can be found in South East Los Angeles.
A math teacher for thirteen years prior to joining the Assembly, Cristina taught statistics at the University of Southern California, mathematics at Los Angeles City Community College, and taught middle school and high school mathematics through the Jaime Escalante Program at East Los Angeles Community College and at Huntington Park High School.
As a teacher, Cristina understood the damage to students that bullying created, on both an emotional and physical level. This inspired her in 2012 to author AB 256, which was Cyber-Bulling legislation giving educators the authority to discipline students who engage in cyber bullying – harassment by electronic means – on, or away, from the school campus. AB 256 was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2013.
Cristina lives in the in the Southeast Los Angeles community of Bell Gardens, where she was raised and attended local public schools. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, a master’s degree and a secondary teaching credential from Claremont Graduate University, and is presently a doctoral candidate at USC.
Cristina has been recognized by California Forward with the distinguished California Forward Thinkers Award and previously earned the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from the California State Assembly. In 2013, and again in 2017, the Latino Journal & CAFÉ de California, presented the Spirit of Latina Award to Assemblymember Garcia for her “exemplary work to strengthen California’s Democracy and advance the representation of Latinas in Public Service.”
Vice President – Electric Trucks, BYD Motors, North America
Aaron Gillmore serves as Vice President and Head of the Electric Truck Business for North America at BYD, a global leader in zero-emission vehicles and battery electric technology. Aaron joined BYD in 2019, continuing his accomplished executive career in the green-tech industry. His experience includes over a decade of electric vehicle, battery, and solar industry development with both Tesla and SolarCity.
Prior to that, Aaron’s career included structuring and execution of billions of dollars in master planned community development, finance, engineering and construction with global real estate developer Lendlease, and service as an officer in the US Navy.
Director of Advanced Research, PACCAR Inc.
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.
Senator Lena Gonzalez
California’s 33rd Senate District
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gonzalez served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019. On the Council, Gonzalez tackled issues such as banning the use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in local restaurants, creating over 200 new parking spaces, protecting local businesses through increased access to contracts and bids, and ensuring the City of Long Beach took steps to combat and address homelessness.
Gonzalez also worked in the private sector for Microsoft, leading civic engagement investments for the Los Angeles region. Her focus was on expanding diversity and inclusion in the tech sector by providing grants to non-profit organizations and digital skills programs for underserved communities, to include: unemployed adults seeking job training and creating career pathways for youth, especially supporting young girls of color in STEM.
In the Senate, Gonzalez prioritizes creating economic opportunity for all families and children in SD 33. Gonzalez wants to create jobs, promote quality education, address the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness, protect our environment and attract innovation to SD 33. Senator Gonzalez sits on the Senate Health Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Transportation Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. She is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ports & Goods Movement and Chair of the Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response.
Senator Gonzalez lives in Long Beach with her husband Adam and their three sons Zorion, Ethan and Luca. Gonzalez graduated with her B.A. in Political Science from California State University Long Beach and MBA from Loyola Marymount University.
Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors
Jamie has extensive experience working across sectors on policies related to advanced technologies, transportation, energy, and the environment. Prior to GM, he served as Policy Director at CALSTART, where he led legislative and regulatory initiatives in the clean transportation space. He received degrees from Princeton University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Senior Project Manager, Innovative Mobility, CALSTART
Prior to joining CALSTART, Barbara was the Expansion Lead with Lyft. She managed the regional launch of the Bay Wheels bike share program in five cities throughout the Bay Area. In this position, she sourced talent, worked collaboratively with municipal and regional partners and solved complex operational challenges of sustainable, first/last mile transportation.
Barbara’s philosophy incorporates people’s stories, user behavior with cohesive design principles to transform cities for people to be in rather than for cars to travel through.
She worked with the team to launch the inaugural Open Streets events in Detroit and was the Programs Director for the statewide bike advocacy organization in Massachusetts, MassBike. At MassBike, she provided technical assistance to 44 communities statewide on Complete Streets infrastructure plans, conducted legislative lobbying at the state level and was a founding member of the Vision Zero Coalition.
Barbara has a MS in Regional and City Planning from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Mississippi.
Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, ROUSH CleanTech
Chelsea Jenkins is the vice president of government and industry relations for ROUSH CleanTech, the clean technology division of Roush Enterprises. She leads strategic efforts including building partnerships with government and nongovernmental organizations and managing regulatory, legislative and public policy initiatives for advanced clean transportation programs
She joined ROUSH CleanTech’s business development team in 2011, managing commercial, transit and school bus fleet accounts on the east coast. Prior, Jenkins served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and program coordinator. A recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, she was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jenkins helped establish Valley AIRNow, an air quality outreach program for two counties in Virginia, and was instrumental in the development of a biodiesel production and growth plan for Malta. Her career started in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including for NASA’s Langley Research Center.
Jenkins holds a degree from James Madison University in Integrated Science and Technology with dual concentrations in Transportation and Environment. When she’s not working, she enjoys running, water and snow sports, cooking and homemaking. Jenkins most enjoys, though, any activity at home in Virginia Beach with her family.
Founder & CEO, Transport Energy Strategies
Tammy Klein is the founder and CEO of Transport Energy Strategies, a consultancy that provides market and policy intelligence, research analysis and strategic advice to clients on a range of global transport energy issues. She runs a member-based consulting service, the Transport Energy Outlook, which provides research analysis on global trends for clients across a range of sectors, including refining, auto, engine, biofuels and alternative fuels.
For 25 years, Tammy has served as a strategic advisor and research analyst for clients in these industries and has advised governments and NGOs as well. She holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida. She is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars, and currently serves as the chair of the Fuels Institute’s Electric Vehicle Council.
Mobility Strategist- Los Angeles, CA, City Solution, Ford Mobility
Justine Johnson is a proud native of Los Angeles, California. For the past eight years, she resided in New York City working on transportation initiatives under the Bloomberg and deBlasio Administrations. While at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), she worked on the “Boro Taxi” initiative, also known as the Green Taxi program, which created a new for-hire vehicle and driver classification.
Following her work at the TLC, she moved to the New York City Economic Development Corporation managing government and community relations for Mayor de Blasio’s new commuter ferry system called NYC Ferry. In 2018, she joined Ford Mobility’s City Solutions team and is working with municipalities and communities on mobility solutions that help move people and goods more efficiently and effectively throughout the region. Justine holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Hampton University and two Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Joseph Lyou
Commissioner of California Transportation Commission (CTC) and CEO of Coalition for Clean Air
Dr. Joseph K. Lyou believes everyone has the right to breathe clean air. He has worked for more than 30 years to improve public health and environmental conditions in California’s most polluted and disadvantaged communities. Dr. Lyou serves as President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a state-wide organization dedicated to protecting public health, improving air quality, and preventing climate change. He works with a wide range of stakeholders advocating for effective public policies and clean air technologies.
Dr. Lyou also serves as the Speaker of the Assembly appointee to the California Transportation Commission (CTC). The CTC is an independent public agency responsible for programming and allocating more than $5 billion annually for the construction and maintenance of highway, passenger rail, transit, and active transportation projects throughout California.
From 2007 to 2019, Dr. Lyou served as the Governor’s Appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board, the public agency responsible for improving air quality for more than 16 million people living in Southern California.
Dr. Lyou founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance in 2003 and served as Executive Director through 2010. He previously held management positions with the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and the Committee to Bridge the Gap.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz in 1990.
Program Manager – Energy and Environmental Affairs, SoCalGas
He has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California. Kevin also is an instructor at CalState Long Beach’s Global Logistics Program.
Vice President, Zero Emissions, Personalized Lifecycle Management
Mike is leading the PLM zero-emission team delivering rental, lease, infrastructure and distributed energy solutions to refrigerated transport companies.
Director of Process Improvement, Dependable Highway Express
Troy Musgrave is Director of Process Improvement for Dependable Highway Express, headquartered in Los Angeles California. Musgrave’s previous appointments include leading the Dependable Highway Express Corporate Service Center from 2008 until 2014 and Southern California Sales Account Executive from 2001 until 2008. Prior to joining the Dependable family, he held several management positions with regional and national U.S. carriers accumulating 44 years of Truck Transportation experience.
Married to Phuong Musgrave in 1979, they have three children and 3 grandchildren.
Hobbies are camping and exploring national parks.
Alternative Fuels Program Manager, CALSTART
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.
VP of Marketing and Operations, XL Lifts
With 25+ years of operations, marketing and public relations experience, Aimee is a company and product launch expert focusing on fast growth companies. An experienced operations and marketing executive having acted as the interim VP of Marketing and VP of Operations for many of her clients, Aimee has a proven track record of helping early stage technologies attain widespread market adoption.
Utilizing her extensive “Silicon Valley” expertise, she is now helping XL Lifts and progressive early adopters such as SSA Marine, Port of Stockton and Marine Group Boatworks build zero emission off-road fleets. In addition to her career in operations, marketing and public relations, Aimee is the author of “42 Rules to Fight Dog Cancer.”
Director, Electrification & Customer Services Policy Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
Laura Renger currently serves as the director of Electrification & Customer Services Policy in Southern California Edison’s Regulatory Affairs organization. In this position, Laura is responsible for the utility’s regulatory and legislative policy concerning transportation electrification, building electrification, climate change, energy efficiency and energy equity.
In her previous role, Laura served as director of the Edison International President and CEO’s Office supporting matters before the Edison International Managing Committee as well as activities at Edison International and its subsidiaries, Southern California Edison and Edison Energy Group.
Laura began her career at Southern California Edison in the Law Department where she focused on air quality, climate change, safety, and transmission project licensing. She also served as the Principal Manager of Air & Climate Policy in SCE’s Regulatory Affairs before joining Edison International.
Laura holds a B.A. from Occidental College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She lives in Los Alamitos, California and enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her thirteen-year-old son, Jack.
Director – Advanced Energy Solutions, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Katie Sloan is currently leading SCE’s advanced energy solutions for its 15 million customers, including customer solar, battery storage, energy efficiency and demand response programs with annual budget of $500 million.
Katie was previously responsible for developing from the ground up SCE’s vehicle and building electrification programs, with an approved budget of over $1 billion over 6 years, including the largest light duty & medium & heavy duty electric vehicle utility infrastructure programs in the United States. The team’s mission is to help California get 7 million EVs on the road and convert one-third of space and water heating in buildings by 2030 and is the first and largest team of its’s kind at a utility in the nation.
For the majority of 2020 Katie held a temporary assignment working on the company’s customer care response to COVID-19 and associated oversight of impacts on the company’s cash flow due to the pandemic & economic downfall. During this time SCE stopped turning off customer’s power for non-payment and provided additional financial assistance.
Previously, Katie held roles of increasing responsibility at SCE & Edison International focusing on clean energy policy, strategy, operations, and analysis. She has also worked at First Solar, a large solar panel manufacturer, developing global public policy.
Katie was named a Woman of Achievement by the San Gabriel Valley YWCA her work at SCE and non-profits. Katie currently serves as board chair of CALSTART, with the mission to build a high-tech clean-transportation industry that creates jobs, cuts air pollution and oil imports and curbs climate change. She also serves on the board of Beyond the Block, a non-profit focused on expanding global awareness and increasing intellectual curiosity of at-risk youth.
Katie holds a master’s degree in regulatory economics and bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.
Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs, Port of Long Beach, California
Heather Tomley is Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Port of Long Beach, California, leading the Port’s Environmental Planning, Master Planning and Transportation Planning Divisions.
Ms. Tomley was named to the post in 2019, having served for a year as Acting Managing Director. She joined the Port in 2005 as an Environmental Planning Associate, was promoted to Environmental Specialist, then Senior Environmental Specialist in 2006 and Assistant Director of the Environmental Planning Division in 2008 before being named Director in 2014.
The Planning Bureau’s portfolio includes efforts to implement Green Port Policy, protect habitat, improve air and water quality, manage stormwater, adapt to climate change, implement the Port’s energy initiatives, manage the Community Grants Program, find transportation efficiencies, seek and manage grants for transportation infrastructure and environmental projects, analyze traffic patterns and identify rail improvements, plan for future land uses, and facilitate strategic planning.
During her tenure with Environmental Planning, Ms. Tomley led the division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental programs, the landmark Green Port Policy – now a bellwether for the industry – and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). She co-wrote the 2006 CAAP – a collaboration of the San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – its 2010 update, and the most recent 2017 update, committing to zero emissions for cargo-handling by 2030 and trucking by 2035.
Due to the effectiveness of these programs, total diesel emissions at the Port have dropped dramatically by 88 percent since 2005, and native wildlife is making a comeback.
Before coming to Long Beach, Ms. Tomley served as a Project Scientist with SCS Engineers (2004-2005) following five years (1999 to 2004) as an Air Quality Specialist for the San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Air Pollution Control District, where she received two staff recognition awards for her work.
Ms. Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1994) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Science (1999) in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sr. Director, Truck and Off-Road Initiative, 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.
Day Two Speakers
Governor Gavin Newsom
State of California
Newsom’s top priorities for his administration are tackling our state’s affordability crisis, creating inclusive economic growth and opportunity for every child, and standing up for California values — from civil rights, to immigration, environmental protection, access to quality schools at all levels, and justice.
Governor Newsom is married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom. They have four children: Montana, Hunter, Brooklynn, and Dutch.
Director, State Policy, 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.
Teresa A. Cooke
Senior Policy Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Honesty, familiarity with her clients’ issues and a commitment to the highest level of service makes her an excellent resource for those looking for a change in state policy. Her work on tax policy, environmental compliance, energy policy, labor practices, emerging technologies and automotive issues makes her uniquely qualified to offer a comprehensive perspective.
Her work has included one of the country’s largest energy producers, an investor owned-utility, a major automobile manufacturer as well as numerous interests related to travel and tourism before the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and regulatory agencies.
Prior to joining Brownstein, she worked for a top-25 lobbying firm in Sacramento with a focus on the firm’s energy, transportation and tourism-related clients. In this capacity, Teresa led the passage of several high profile bills and her strategic counsel led to the defeat of numerous others. In doing so, she gained a deep understanding of the value of strategic messaging, coalition building and grassroots efforts.
Before Teresa’s transition into lobbying, she spent more than five years as a volunteer with the California Democratic Party.
Publications & Presentations
• Brown Will Leave Office Having Set Ambitious Climate Goals, Co-author, Daily Journal, December 20, 2018
• California’s Moon Shot—Carbon Neutral by 2045, Brownstein Client Alert, September 26, 2018
• Board Member, Institute of Governmental Advocates (2015-Present)
• Events Co-Chair, MetroEDGE (2013-2014)
• Events Co-Chair, Capitol Network (2012-2013)
Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute
Hana Creger, Environmental Equity Program Manager, works on the development and implementation of policies leading to clean transportation and mobility investments that will benefit low-income communities of color. She was the lead author of the Mobility Equity Framework, a tool that can be used to maximize equity outcomes and community engagement in transportation planning and decision-making.
Hana was also the lead author of Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating a Transportation Revolution that Benefits All, a report outlining policy recommendations to ensure mobility, health, and economic benefits to marginalized communities. She serves on a number of advisory committees for cities, agencies, universities, and nonprofits for projects relating to shared mobility, public transit, electric mobility and autonomous vehicles. Hana holds a B.A. in sustainability from San Diego State University.
Assemblymember Laura Friedman
California’s 43rd Assembly District
Laura Friedman was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 43rd Assembly District, which encompasses the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and La Cañada Flintridge, as well as the communities of La Crescenta and Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, and Silver Lake.
Laura’s legislative work is focused in three primary areas: addressing the housing affordability and homelessness crisis, combating climate change, and protecting vulnerable communities. During her time in the Assembly, Laura has secured $20 million in funding for the completion of the Glendale Riverwalk Project, and authored a package of bills to create new avenues for communities to tackle the affordable housing crisis, encourage water conservation, strengthen environmental sustainability, protect communities against devastating wildfires, improve access to higher education and health care, and ensure that California’s foster youth have the support that they need as they transition to adulthood.
Laura has been tapped for several leadership roles in the legislature, including the Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore for the Assembly, the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Chair of the Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response where she’s led a historic bicameral and bipartisan reform of the legislature’s response to sexual harassment that’s become a model for other states and local governments to follow.
Long recognized as a steadfast advocate for the environment, sustainable communities, and active transportation, in 2020 she was appointed to serve as the Chair for the Assembly Committee on Transportation. The Committee’s broad scope covers high-speed rail, California’s thousands of miles of roadways and transportation infrastructure, freight and regional transportation agencies, mobile sources of air pollution, fuels, mass transit, vehicles, aircraft, bicycles and pedestrian facilities, and vessels, as well as the California Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Laura’s appointment as Chair marks a shift towards forward-thinking policies such as investing in mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, zero-emission vehicles, road safety, and sustainability.
In addition to her role at the helm of the Assembly Transportation Committee, Laura also serves as Chair of the bicameral Environmental Caucus, and as a member of the Assembly Committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media; Natural Resources; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife.
Laura got her start in the private sector working as a film and television executive and producer after receiving her B.A. from the University of Rochester, New York. In 2001, she launched her own web-based small business. Building on her years of community service, she was elected to the Glendale City Council in 2009, served as Mayor from 2011 through 2012 and was re-elected in 2013.
Throughout her career, she’s served on a number of boards and commissions. She served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She is a Past President of the Independent Cities Association, was a Hollywood-Burbank Airport Commissioner, and a Board Member of the Southern California Association of Governments where she was a member of the Energy and Environment Committee. Laura also spent five years on the Glendale Design Review Board.
Laura is a Glendale resident and lives with her husband Guillaume Lemoine, a landscape designer, and their daughter Rachel.
Lead Advisor, Zero Emission Vehicle Market Development, CA Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Hannah has been driving electric since April 2016, and currently drives a Chevy Bolt EV.
Project Manager, CALSTART
Jon Gordon is a Project Manager at CALSTART in Pasadena where his main role is implementing the Clean Off-Road Voucher Equipment (CORE) Voucher Incentive Project. In addition to helping revise and carry out the CORE Project, Jon is also engaged with several other projects drawing on his experience with hydrogen, fuels and infrastructure, and data analysis.
Prior to joining CALSTART, Jon conducted hydrogen research and analyses at Energy Independence Now. He was also a researcher at the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (PHE&V) Research Center while earning his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Clean Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Planning Manager, Fresno FAX
Carolina Illic, AICP, serves as the Planning Manager at the City of Fresno Transportation Department, also knows as Fresno Area Express (FAX). FAX is the transit operator for the City of Fresno. Carolina manages near-term service adjustments and long-term planning efforts for the transit system, and coordinates the integration of land use and transportation planning with the city’s planning and public works departments as well as the Fresno Council of Governments. Prior to her work at the City of Fresno, Carolina worked at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in various capacities, including Acting Principal Planner and Senior Regional Planner. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UCLA and her Mater’s Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University (SDSU).
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia
California’s 56th Assembly District
Eduardo Garcia proudly represents California’s 56th Assembly District, which includes cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, including Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
Elected in 2014, Garcia is the current chair of Water, Parks and Wildlife. In this capacity he oversees some of the state’s most pressing issues, such as drought conditions, and the implementation of the multi-billion dollar Proposition 1, Water Bond passed by voters in 2014.
Garcia also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization and Utilities and Energy.
In his first term, Garcia was appointed to chair the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. As chair, Garcia was responsible for leading the Assembly’s review of policies and legislation related to small business development, international trade, and other state and local economic development related issues to help create a more robust and inclusive economy.
In March of 2015 Garcia was appointed to chair the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea. As Chair of the select committee, Garcia will examine the opportunities and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of environmental restoration plans of the Salton Sea area. The Salton Sea remains one of the Assemblymember’s top priorities. In his first term he was successful in securing $80.5 million in the State Budget to fund Salton Sea restoration and mitigation projects; such as dust suppression, wetland and habitat recovery.
In 2016, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia had well over two dozen bills and resolutions signed by Governor Brown. This is triumph is significant for the 56th District as he is the first freshman legislator to accomplish this feat. Garcia made a point to champion measures that would increase access to healthcare, bring environmental and economic relief to the areas of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, such as the Salton Sea and New River, but also provide workforce training and financial assistance to small businesses in the district.
Included in this string of success was SB 32 and AB 197, the historic climate change package that established landmark state emission reduction mandate, boosted oversight and transparency of the Air Resources Board while constructing the framework to ensure future climate policies prioritize investments into disadvantaged communities that are most affected by pollution.
A graduate of local public schools, Garcia attended Coachella Valley High School and the University of California, Riverside. He also completed the “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” Public Administration program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Garcia was first elected to the Coachella City Council in November 2004. In 2006, at the age of 29, he became Coachella’s first elected Mayor. Under his leadership, the City of Coachella flourished into an emerging economic and cultural center of the Coachella Valley. He is a proud father, husband and life-long resident of the Coachella Valley.
Project Manager at CALSTART
John Jackson is a Project Manager at CALSTART, working on CALSTART’s bus team. He works to advocate and expand the usage of zero emissions vehicles in both California and the U.S. John works on projects primarily in California but has also done work in other states related to bus deployments and demonstration, and data collection. Prior to joining CALSTART John worked as a transportation planner and environmental planner for two L.A. based engineering and consulting firms, in addition to working with for the Federal Transit Administration (Region 10) in Seattle, WA.
John is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles Chapter. John holds a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning with a concentration in Sustainable Land Use and Built Environment from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Executive Engineer, Toyota Motor North America
Mike Lord is an Executive Engineer for Toyota Motor North America. He started his career with Toyota over 30 years ago and is currently responsible for California regulation and policy related to zero emission vehicles (ZEV), greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria emissions reduction. He works closely with product planning and engineering on developing Toyota’s technology roll-out strategy and acts as the interface with regulatory authorities on implementation, policy, infrastructure and incentive issues related to advanced powertrains, such as Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).
Mr. Lord has a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Japanese language at Sophia University in Japan.
Director, Environmental Engineering and Policy, Rivian
Chris joined Rivian in February of 2020 to help implement the policies needed to expand electrification and Rivian’s role in creating a sustainable future.
Prior to joining Rivian, Chris was the Vice President of Energy and Environment for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Chris has also worked in government (EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality) and industry (over a decade at Chrysler). Whether it be from a manufacturer, government, or trade association standpoint, his focus has been on the environment and electrification. Chris has a Master’s in Automotive Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
Vice President, Market Development & Public Policy, EVgo
Sara Rafalson is a VP of Market Development & Public Policy at EVgo, America’s largest public EV fast charging network, with over 800 locations in 67 metropolitan markets and 34 states. Prior to joining the EVgo team, Ms. Rafalson led public policy and market strategy efforts for Sol Systems, a national solar energy development firm based in Washington, D.C.
Deputy Director, California Energy Commission
Hannon Rasool joined the California Energy Commission in July 2020. He is the Deputy Director of the Fuels and Transportation Division. Hannon has over 10 years of experience in the energy industry primarily in the regulated utility space. He has an extensive background in regulatory affairs and electric vehicle infrastructure. He has focused on clean transportation, renewable energy, energy storage, net energy metering and zero-emission technologies.
Director, Public-Private Partnerships, ChargePoint
Dedrick Roper is an advanced vehicle technology pioneer with over 12 years of experience cultivating public-private partnerships, business offerings, and programs. His enterprising spirit and creative problem solving has helped spearhead initiatives that have accelerated EV adoption. Dedrick is currently Director, Public-Private Partnerships at ChargePoint where he has worked in grant operations and public policy management.
Dedrick has spent the past decade as a business leader in electric vehicle charging and personal mobility including electric car share, electric bike share and electric scooter share. He also spent four years in the NFL as a professional football player.
Executive Director, NAEPC
Jill Sherman-Warne is the Executive Director of the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC). She is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Tribe where it was an honor for her to serve as an elected tribal council member. She graduated from Humboldt State and built her respected professional reputation serving tribes in a variety of capacities from language learning, vocational rehabilitation, grant writing and emergency response. Jill immerses her energy into building scalable tribal programs to increase and strength the tribal sovereignty.
Jill’s cadre of skills allowed her to enjoy working on congressional campaigns, serving on state commissions and on local and regional tribal boards and committees. Jill enjoys providing tribes the necessary tools to improving their capacity and capability to meet and exceed federal standards without increasing management burdens. Jill serves as a member of the San Diego American Indian Health Clinic Board of Directors and on the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.
Assemblymember Phil Ting
California’s 19th Assembly District
Phil Ting was elected to the State Assembly in 2012, representing the 19th Assembly District, which spans the Westside of San Francisco, as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.
As California navigates new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ting is focused on economic recovery, while also continuing with progressive policies that protect and expand opportunity for all, equal rights, and environmental preservation. Because of his experience in the financial sector and as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, Ting has become a leading voice on California’s finances. He now serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee after having served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation.
Ting has authored legislation that:
– Directs emergency aid to California cities and counties to address the state’s homeless crisis
– Adds affordable housing by making it easier to add backyard cottages & other accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on existing properties
– Creates green jobs by upgrading old HVAC systems in public schools and accelerating electric vehicle charging station installations
– Implements the world’s strongest standards, requiring plastic bottle manufacturers to include recycled materials in CRV beverage containers
– Strengthens the state’s red flag gun law by expanding the list of people who can file a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) with the court, temporarily taking away someone’s firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others
– Simplifies the Cal Grants applications process so that thousands more students can attend college
– Bolsters healthy eating by helping corner stores purchase refrigeration units and maximizing food stamp redemption at farmers’ markets
– Ensures safe and equal restroom access and tax fairness for the LGBT community
– Rebuilds trust between police officers and the communities they serve by requiring disclosure of body camera footage and banning use of unreliable facial recognition software in those cameras
– Creates the first statewide drug and medical needles take-back program funded by the pharmaceutical industry.
Ting is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He began his career in public service as the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded in 1972 to advance and promote the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community, and once served as Community Relations Director at San Francisco State University. In 2005, Ting was appointed Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, where he closed a five-year assessment backlog and brought in $290 million in unpaid property taxes to the city, created a program to increase rooftop solar installations, and spearheaded efforts to assist homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure.
Ting lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with his wife, Susan, and their two children
Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance, Ford Motor Company
Cynthia Williams is the Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance, effective December 1, 2019. She will be responsible for sustainable business plans and policies, environmental negotiations with regulatory bodies around the world, reporting on the company’s environmental and social performance, and engaging with non-government organizations and other external stakeholders.
Previously Cynthia was Assistant Director, Global Automotive Safety Office. In this position she has been responsible for leading the safety governance process, including identifying, analyzing and making recommendations on potential safety and compliance concerns. She also has been responsible for developing and coordinating responses to all government agency investigations.
Since joining Ford in 1992, as part of the Ford College Graduate Program in the Automotive Emissions and Fuel Economy Office, Cynthia has held several positions, which include Ford’s Sustainability, Environment and Safety Director in Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for environment and safety strategy, policy and performance and assuring that Ford Asia Pacific meets or exceeds all safety and environmental regulations. Other roles included Ford’s Environmental Policy Manager, Energy Planning and Compliance Manager, and On-Board Diagnostics Production Compliance Programs Manager. Cynthia is the past chair of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Mobile Source Policy Committee.
In Asia Pacific, she was the Executive Champion for the Professional Women’s Network and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender Employee Resource Groups. Cynthia also held the position of Vice President of Operations for the Ford Employees African Ancestry Network (FAAN) and is committed to mentoring young engineers, peers and FAAN members.
Cynthia is currently on the Board of Directors for CALSTART, a nonprofit organization working nationally and internationally with businesses and governments to develop clean, efficient transportation solutions.
A native of Flint, MI, Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. Cynthia is married with two children.
Cynthia is based in World Headquarters, Dearborn, Michigan.
Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resource Board
Ava Yaghoobirad works on Low-Carbon Transportation Investments, with a focus on zero-emission shared mobility in disadvantaged and low-income communities.
She also leads the Statewide Clean Mobility Voucher Pilot Program (CMO), one of CARB’s several Clean Transportation Equity Projects aiming to help under-resourced communities access grant funding to identify and understand the unmet mobility needs of their communities and develop innovative solutions in collaboration with residents.
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