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Speaker Biographies

Alan Abbs | Executive Director, California Air Pollution Control Officers Association

Alan joined CAPCOA in 2015 after serving as the Air Pollution Control Officer for the Tehama County Air Pollution Control District for 8 years. In that position, Alan was responsible for air quality programs addressing agricultural and prescribed burning, stationary source permitting, indirect source permitting, and grants. Previously, Alan served as the Solid Waste Director for Tehama County, managing the Tehama County Landfill, hazardous waste programs, and curbside waste collection, and as the Environmental/Technical Manager at a paper mill for the Pactiv Corporation. Alan also served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on the USS Fort Fisher (LSD40) and at Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific in San Diego. He holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from California State University, Chico, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

Bill Aboudi | President, AB Trucking

Bill Aboudi started out in the Family trucking business in 1988 and is currently President of Oakland Port Services Corporation (OPS) located on the Oakland Army Base next to the Port of Oakland. In 1994 Bill co-founded West State Alliance (WSA), an association of local businesses and community groups, committed to information sharing among competitors and a collaborative approach to problem solving. Approximately half of the trucking companies serving Oakland now use WSA's Yahoo-Group to communicate and as a forum to promote efficiency, for example, updating each other on terminal wait times and street turning containers. Bill also operates Oakland Maritime Support Services, Inc (OMSS) a 'one-stop-shop' truck service center providing a portfolio of essential trucking services at the port and received the East Bay Small Business Council "small business of the year award" in 2011, for local job creation and on-going involvement with the local West Oakland community.

Marcus Alexander | Manager, Vehicle Systems Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute

Marcus Alexander is a Technical Leader in the Electric Transportation program of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. As part of the Electric Transportation team, Mr. Alexander is primarily responsible for vehicle systems analysis, including data collection and analysis of utility fleet vehicles, analysis of the environmental impacts of electric transportation, and analysis of infrastructure demand and vehicle grid impacts. Mr. Alexander received a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1999) and a MS in Electrical Engineering (2003) degrees in from the University of California, Davis. His Master's Thesis focused on a flexible electronics platform for prototype automotive development.

Richard Battersby | Director, East Bay Clean Cities Coalition

Richard is an Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Oakland, California and is the Director of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. He has over 25 years in the fleet industry managing private sector, federal, state, county, and city fleets. Most recently Richard was named Employee of the Year for the Oakland Public Works, Bureau of Infrastructure and received Public Fleet Manager of the Year awards from Government Fleet Magazine and the American Public Works Association. He has also inducted into the Department of Energy Clean Cities and Government Fleet Manager Halls of Fame. He is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager and Certified Public Fleet Professional, has been designated as a World Class Technician, and currently holds over 40 ASE certifications. Richard has a BS degree from the California State University, Sacramento, currently sits on the NAFA's Board of Director's, and is the chairman of NAFA's California Air Resources Board Advisory Council.

Fares Beainy, Ph.D. | Electromobility Strategy & Business Development Manager, Volvo Construction Equipment

Dr. Fares Beainy has more than 13 years of experience with developing emerging technologies and products. He is currently the Electromobility Strategy & Business Development Manager after being the Machine Intelligence Program Leader at Volvo Construction Equipment. Before joining Volvo, Dr. Beainy taught at the University of Oklahoma for two years. Dr. Beainy earned his MBA from Pennsylvania State University, his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering as well as a master's in telecommunication systems from the University of Oklahoma. He also has a Bachelor of Science in computer and communication engineering from the American University of Technology. Dr. Beainy has published more than 30 scientific papers, articles and technical reports, and a number pending patents. He has received several awards including the Research Associateship award by the National Academies. Dr. Beainy has been a reviewer for several journals and conferences, and has been an organizer and a session chair for international conferences. Dr. Beainy also served as an international consultant on World Bank-funded projects for the government of Montenegro.

Analisa Bevan | Assistant Division Chief, ECARS, California Air Resources Board

Analisa Bevan is Assistant Division Chief of Emissions Compliance, Automotive Regulations and Science Division at the California Air Resources Board. She oversees the development and implementation of light duty vehicle regulations including the Advanced Clean Cars and Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Regulations and the programs and policies that support their implementation. Prior to becoming Assistant Division Chief, she managed the evolution of the ZEV mandate from 1999. In support of ZEV infrastructure, she oversaw installation of pilot hydrogen fueling stations in initial market communities, development of supporting infrastructure regulations and other activities that enhance evolution towards a zero emission, sustainable transportation systems in California. She has been with the Board since 1992 working on emission control programs including development of emission standards for personal watercraft and outboard engines, and implementation of California's cleaner-burning gasoline program. Ms. Bevan holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

John Boesel | President and CEO, CALSTART

John Boesel is the President and CEO of CALSTART, a national organization with more than 190-member companies that is dedicated to the growth of the clean transportation technology industry. John joined the organization as Vice President and was promoted to his current position in 2001. Prior to joining CALSTART, John worked as a legislative aide, focusing on environmental and energy policy, in the California State Assembly. He staffed a bill that was signed into law making the oil companies strictly liable for all damages resulting from oil spills. After his stint in the legislature, John taught English to graduate students at the Yunnan Institute of Technology in Kunming. Upon returning to the U.S., John attended the Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley and received his Master's degree of Business Administration. After graduating from business school, John worked as a commercial loan officer for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, managing accounts for mid-size companies. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Davis. In addition to being CEO, John leads CALSTART's Light-Duty Vehicle Initiative and the CALSTART Investor Council. John is a member of the Advisory Board of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University.

Rasto Brezny | Executive Director, Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association

Dr. Rasto Brezny is the Executive Director of the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association. He has worked in the area of emissions controls for over 30 years. He has been with MECA since 2006 serving as Deputy Director and was appointed MECA's Executive Director in 2016. Prior to joining MECA, Dr. Brezny was the Global Marketing and Technology Manager for automotive materials at W.R. Grace. In this position he had world-wide responsibility for automotive catalyst product development and marketing. Prior to his commercial role, Dr. Brezny spent 11 years at Grace's Washington Research Center developing automotive catalyst substrates and materials. Dr. Brezny holds 16 patents and has authored over 30 scientific papers. Since 2016 he is serving on the U.S. EPA's Mobile Source Technology Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) and in 2017 he was appointed to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Gracie Brown | Principal, Clean Transportation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Gracie Brown works on clean transportation policy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). With some of the nation's cleanest power, PG&E fuels one in five EVs in the U.S., and PG&E supports customers who run their fleets on natural gas. Gracie's work at PG&E focuses on designing and implementing policies to grow clean fuel vehicle adoption in California.

Scott Carson | Transportation Planner, Federal Highway Administration

Scott Carson is a transportation planner in the FHWA California Division office in Sacramento. In addition to his CMAQ and air quality conformity responsibilities he is currently FHWA liaison to 13 of California's 18 MPOs. Other collateral duties include the CMP process, working with the MPOs to implement Transportation Performance Management, and he oversees the SPR Part I program and the statewide planning and programming process. Scott joined in FHWA as a Community Planner in 1995 as a mid-career hire in the Virginia Division in Richmond. From 1999-2007 he was the staff planner in the Mississippi Division in Jackson, MS. In 2007, Scott came to California to join the FHWA Planning and Air Quality Team in Sacramento. Scott's 31 years of transportation planning experience also include working at two MPOs in Michigan and Virginia, the Indiana State DOT and the private sector in Ohio and Northern Virginia. A native of Des Moines, IA, Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa in 1984, and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in transportation studies from the University of Iowa in 1987.

Michael Coates | Editor & Publisher of Clean Fleet Report and Automotive Editor of Innovation & Tech Today Magazine

Michael Coates is an internationally recognized expert in the field of automotive environmental issues. He has been a key participant in automotive marketing and publishing for more than two decades. His marketing and public relations experience includes work with DaimlerChrysler, the U.S. Council for Automotive Research, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz of North America, BF Goodrich, and others. His projects have included national product launches, trade and consumer show programs, media relations, promotions, and market positioning. In addition, Coates has more than 12 years of experience as an editor and writer with a variety of automotive and general interest publications and broadcast outlets including Petersen Publishing Company (now part of Primedia), trade magazines, plus newspaper and television news reporting.

Mollie D'Agostino | Policy Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California, Davis

Mollie Cohen D'Agostino is Policy Director for the 3 Revolutions (3R) Future Mobility Program at UC Davis. The 3R Program is part of both the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and the Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy. Prior to joining UC Davis, Ms. D'Agostino's worked in environmental policy, community development and transportation planning. She worked with the California League of Conservation Voters, the City of Oakland's Department of Housing & Community Development, and with the Alameda County Transportation Commission. She carries a Master's in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Political Science and the Program for the Environment, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ms. D'Agostino recently provided expert testimony to the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee in a hearing on autonomous vehicle legislation and together with her UC Davis colleagues is leading the way in ensuring the three transportation revolutions (vehicle automation, sharing, and electrification) maximize environmental and equity benefits.

Wendy Dafoe | Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Wendy Dafoe is a Senior Project Leader for the Vehicle Technology Integration group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). For more than twenty years Dafoe has been an integral part of the growth and success of the Alternative Fuels Data Center within the Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office. Under the Office's Technology Integration program, Dafoe's work has had particular emphasis on the Clean Cities network. Dafoe leads stakeholder-focused transportation programs at NREL including analysis, technical assistance, industry and government partnerships, and outreach. She has extensive experience working closely with industry representatives, fleets, and other stakeholders to identify new approaches to overcome barriers to the adoption of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. She supervises the NREL team that supports DOE initiatives including Clean Cities, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and Energy Efficient Mobility Systems.

Gary Dannar | CEO, DD Dannar, LLC

Starting with early patents for rough terrain forklifts in the 1970's, Gary Dannar's career has continuously centered on innovation and new product development. His corporate responsibilities spanned North America and across Europe and Asia, in leadership roles for several corporations, including Ford Motor Co., The General, New Holland, and Alamo Group. Today, Gary is an established leader and industry innovator thru his two privately held heavy equipment companies, Little Roadside Management, LLC, and DD DANNAR, LLC. With DANNAR, Gary has looked to the future and clearly identified the need for a new product category in the heavy-duty non-road and off-road equipment sector, a product that meets strict new ZEV emissions standards with increased productivity and utilization. Highly configurable for everyday use in multiple applications, DANNAR's Mobile Power Station® is a strong departure from our diesel fueled past, and benchmarks a new category of clean, electric work vehicles.

Anjali Deodhar | VP-Sales and Marketing, Viatec, Inc.

A skilled sales and customer relationship management leader, with over two-and-a-half decades of sales and business development experience in a variety of leading product and services consulting companies, Anjali believes that building value-based relationships is the key to achieving successful business results. She is part of the senior leadership at Viatec, Inc, a company advancing electrification efficiency solutions for work-trucks. Prior to Viatec, Anjali has spent over two decades representing leading Silicon Valley technology services firms in taking their solutions to market and managing and growing their large customer portfolios successfully. She is a passionate believer in the power of clean technology and the ability of public-private partnerships to advance emissions-reducing technologies. She lives and works in Silicon Valley.

Roderick Diaz | Director of Planning and Development, Metrolink

Roderick Diaz is the Director of Planning and Development for Metrolink where he leads initiatives in strategic planning, grants and capital programming, planning and performance analysis, service development, and regional coordination. He has played a major role in strategic planning for Metrolink's Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program, an ambitious multi-billion dollar program to increase frequency and grow regional rail markets across Southern California by 2028. Before joining Metrolink, was the Director of Systemwide Planning and Transit Corridors at Metro and was instrumental in the development of the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX LRT Project and the initiation of asset management activities for the agency. Prior to public service, Roderick began his career with a 12 year stint in consulting, including service as West Coast Planning Manager for STV Incorporated and management consulting assignments as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. Roderick's consulting assignments included work in every transit mode for transportation agencies across the United States and support for several offices of the Federal Transit Administration. He also is an active participant in the Transportation Research Board, where he was the Chairman of the Transit Management and Performance Committee, and the American Public Transportation Association.

Francisco Dóñez | West Coast Collaborative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Francisco Dóñez works in the Technology and Partnerships Office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9, and is based in in Los Angeles. He leads the Ports, Marine, and Locomotive Sector Workgroups for the West Coast Collaborative. Francisco has a Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT, a Public Policy degree from Georgia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.


Ezra Finkin | Director - Policy and External Relations, Diesel Technology Forum

Ezra Finkin has served with the Diesel Technology Forum since July 2012. As the policy and outreach director, Mr. Finkin works to educate policy makers with state, local and federal governments as well as elected leaders and NGOs about the importance of diesel technology and the clean air and economic benefits of continuing investments in clean diesel technologies. Previously, Mr. Finkin served as a policy and industry affairs representative for several trade associations representing retailers, manufacturers and the ocean transportation and goods movement industries. Mr. Finkin holds a B.A from Kenyon College and a M.A. from the School for Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University).


Ryan Forrest | Senior Business Development Manager, Trillium

Ryan Forrest serves as the lead developer in the Western United States for Trillium, the alternative fuels subsidiary of the Love's Family of Companies. Forrest has been in the energy sector for 10 years, serving public and private fleets with a variety of innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions, improve operational efficiencies and lower costs in budget-constrained environments. Forrest served four years in the United States Air Force, initially leading the distribution group for the Western U.S. and ended his military service directing the cradle to grave operation of distributing petroleum products to aircraft and fleet vehicles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Resources with a minor in Energy, Technology and Management from Texas Christian University. Forrest recently received his Master of Business for Veterans from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.


Paul Fukumoto | Director, Business Development, Fuel Cell Energy

Paul Fukumoto is the director of business development advanced technologies for FuelCell Energy, Inc. Paul is responsible for developing the carbon capture and the renewable hydrogen generation market and opportunities. Paul also supports the California policy and government affairs activities. Prior to FuelCell Energy, Paul held business development and engineering positions at FlexEnergy, Ingersoll-Rand and Honeywell.


John Gerra | Director of Business Development, BYD

John Gerra is Director of Business Development with BYD Motors - Electric Truck Division. He leads all business development efforts for the United States market, and is focused on Battery-Electric Truck applications including Delivery, Terminal, Drayage, Refuse Hauling and other heavy trucking operations. John currently works with large commercial fleet operators to identify how BYD Motors can support initiatives to maximize sustainability and efficiency. John has experience successfully developing markets for propulsion systems in various other sectors including maritime, defense and aerospace. John received a bachelor degree in Business at Skidmore College and a master degree in Transportation Management at New York Maritime College.


Alycia Gilde | Director, 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.


Jeffrey Gonder | Mobility, Behavior and Advanced Powertrains Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center

Jeff joined NREL in 2005, where he has led both simulation and hardware testing projects to study energy consumption from conventional, hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell vehicles, and the influence of driving behavior, optimal vehicle design and control, and connectivity/automation technologies on fuel efficiency. Jeff's team conducts research on advanced vehicles, alternative fueling infrastructure and evolving mobility systems, and works with transportation-relevant "big data" both in support of NREL research and by hosting data resources for external researcher access. Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.


Margaret Gordon | Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Margaret Gordon is a lifetime community activist. As a young single mother she worked her way off of welfare by attending commercial cooking school, after which she cooked for various institutions including Children's Hospital and a UC Berkeley fraternity house. Ms. Gordon is a founding member of the WOEIP, having volunteered for the first three years of operation. She has work experience in mental health services, parent training in the public schools and community organizing. In 2007, Margaret Gordon was appointed by new Oakland Mayor, Ron Dellums, to the Oakland Port Commission where she stridently promotes the interests of community health, workers health and fiscal responsibility in Port operations. Ms. Gordon was the Community representative on the California Goods Movement Action Plan task force and is a 2010 National Purpose Prize winner.


David Greenfader | Vice President of Business Development, Envision Solar

David Greenfader is in charge of Business Development and Sales for Envision Solar. Mr. Greenfader is a multi-lingual executive with over 20 years experience in international sales, business development, and human capital in the U.S., Asia, and Latin America. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California in International Relations and the proud father of two boys. As President & CEO of The Human Capital Group, Inc. for 20 years, Mr. Greenfader built a successful executive search firm serving industries including environmental technologies, biotech, computer software, building automation, healthcare and transportation. For the last 10 years, Mr. Greenfader has worked in the renewable energy sector, providing business development consulting for companies that feature photovoltaic, solar thermal, and alternative energy technologies.


Jennifer Gress | Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento

As Policy Director, Jennifer advises Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on policies relating to housing and community development, transportation, and sustainability. Prior to her time with Mayor Steinberg, Jennifer served as the Legislative Director for the California Air Resources Board, the state agency leading the nation in aggressively reducing air pollution and combatting climate change. In that role, she served as the Board's representative to the California Legislature, advised Board Chair Mary Nichols and the Executive Office on legislative matters, and made policy recommendations to the Chair, the Secretary for Environmental Protection, and the Governor's Office on pending legislation. From 2005 until 2011, Jennifer was a consultant to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, where she focused on air quality, ports and goods movement, active transportation, and public-private partnerships, among many other transportation-related issues. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied housing and community development.


Mike Hart | President and CEO, Sierra Energy

Mr. Hart, President and CEO of Sierra Energy, has over 25 years experience leading industrial companies with a proven record of success. He is a passionate environmentalist who has been named an "Environmental Hero" by the US EPA and a "Champion of Change" by the Obama administration. Mr. Hart actively works with public agencies, local and regional governments, academia, and private industry on regulatory and environmental issues ranging from waste processing and disposal to renewable energy production. Mr. Hart has presented at the White House and the Pentagon, and regularly speaks at waste, clean technology, and business and entrepreneurial conferences around the globe. Prior to acquiring Sierra Railroad and forming Sierra Energy, Mr. Hart acted as a management consultant with clients such as FMC, NASA (Mars Mission), TRW, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, GM, and worked with Steve Jobs on a DOD project at NeXT. Mr. Hart has also created a variety of software tools for the predictive analysis of future weapon systems for the Department of Defense. Mr. Hart is a graduate of U.C. Davis, where he frequently lectures.


Mike Iden | General Director Car and Locomotive Engineering, Union Pacific Railroad

Michael Iden has 46 years experience in the railroad industry, involving locomotive manufacturing, operations and maintenance. He has managed various new technology programs for Union Pacific including development of 6000 horsepower locomotives, introduction of alternating current (AC) locomotives, Distributed Power locomotive controls, dual-fuel locomotives with an LNG fuel tender, ultra-low emitting diesel and battery-hybrid switchers, exhaust aftertreatment technologies and reductions in freight train aerodynamic drag. In 2015 he was appointed by the US EPA administrator to the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, where he represents the Association of American Railroads (AAR). He is a registered professional engineer in several states and a federally-licensed locomotive engineer, and has a BSME degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA degree from Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.


Tom Johnson | Author, 100 Best Fleets

Tom C Johnson was employed by the largest fleet management company in the world for 17 years. His job was to analyze fleets...3500 of them in the past 30 years. His first book on teambuilding has sold over 25,000 copies and was customized by Sears-Roebuck for their Corporate University. His second book is on the 7 Qualities of the 100 Best Fleets in North America. One fleet manager in the book invested $400.00 and got a return of $44,000. Tom started the Government Fleet Manager of the Year and the 100 Best Fleets in North America awards. In addition to the Government Green Fleet award. He facilitates fleet roundtable discussions monthly around the country to find solutions to common problems. His articles on best business practices are seen monthly in different Fleet publications. Most recently twice in the Wall Street Journal. Tom is a sought after fleet presenter, recently key noting an International Fleet Conference in Brazil that was streamed to the entire country.

Phillip Kobernick | Logistics Services Manager, County of Alameda, General Services Agency

Phillip is the Logistics Services Manager for Alameda County GSA, overseeing the vehicle fleet, parking division, commuter program, messenger service, and property and salvage team. For the past 6 years, Phillip has focused on sustainable transportation operations, growing the county's electric vehicle fleet and supporting infrastructure and further developing an employee commuter program.

Matt Lakin | Deputy Air Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Matt Lakin is the Acting Deputy Air Director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9, which covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific territories and 148 tribal nations. Matt has been the Acting Deputy Director for Region 9's Air Division for three years and has held several other management positions in the Air Division. Over his 16-year career at EPA, Matt has led a wide range of technical, planning, and policy programs. Matt earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of California, Irvine.

Keith C. Leech Sr. | Chief, Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise, County of Sacramento

Keith Leech Sr. currently leads Sacramento County's Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise. The County of Sacramento is recognized as a trailblazer in implementing renewable fuels and innovative fleet technology projects driven by strategic business planning processes and data driven decisions. Sacramento County's fleet was recognized as the #1 Green Fleet in 2018 and among Government Fleet's Leading Fleets and 100 Best Fleets for the last three consecutive years. Keith was inducted into the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2017 by Government Fleet Magazine and APWA and received NAFA's 2014 Fleet Excellence Awards for Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability and Excellence in Fleet Leadership. Keith currently serves as Chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association and NAFA's Government Affairs Committee. He also serves as President of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition.

Dwight MacCurdy | Project Manager, SMUD Energy Strategy Research and Development

Mr. MacCurdy is a Project Manager in SMUD's Energy Strategy Research and Development Department. He has worked on Electric Transportation for SMUD since 1989 when SMUD launched its Electric Vehicle Program. Mr. MacCurdy has managed technology projects in the areas of Lightweight Electric Vehicles, Electric Ground Support Equipment for Airports, Energy Storage for Light Rail, EV Smart Charging, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Charge Management for fleet and workplace EVs and EV Suitability Assessments. Before his career in EVs, Mr. MacCurdy worked in Energy Efficiency at SMUD and at the California Energy Commission, and as a Financial Analyst at the Alaska Public Utilities Commission. He has a B.A. in Economics from UC Davis.

Tom Mack | President/CTO, VeRail Technologies

Tom Mack is President, Chief Technology Officer, and a co-founder of VeRail Technologies, Inc. VeRail is deploying a 2,100 HP 6-axle Li-Ion battery locomotive in 2019 in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mr. Mack is a member of the Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA) and served on the LMOA Executive Committee and as Chairman of the LMOA New Technologies Committee which became the Locomotive Software and Systems Committee. He was an original participant at the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Natural Gas Locomotive Technology Work Group assembled in 2012, was involved as an industry affiliate of the Association of American Railroads Natural Gas Fuel Tender Technology Advisory Group (AAR NGFT TAG), and is a member of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Mechanical Committee. Mr. Mack's involvement with alternative fueled locomotives spans almost 12 years and includes work on low emission locomotive designs utilizing both ethanol and natural gas engines, and zero-emission locomotives using lead-acid and Li-Ion battery technologies.

Loreana Marciante | Strategy Manager, Climate & Energy, Impact, Paul G. Allen Philanthropies

Loreana Marciante works at the intersection of transportation, climate and urban sustainability; managing the Smart City Challenge Initiative, a cooperative effort between Paul G. Allen's Climate & Energy philanthropic initiatives and the United States Department of Transportation. Over the last 15 years, Loreana has played a role on multiple urban transportation infrastructure projects, including the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica and the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle, Washington, as well as several commercial real estate development projects in the Seattle region, including award-winning South Lake Union projects by Mr. Allen's company Vulcan Inc. Loreana holds a Licenciatura in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica, a Masters in Environmental Studies from Brown University with emphasis in urban sustainability and transit oriented development, and several professional certificates from the University of Washington.

Amanda Marruffo | Senior Manager of Environmental Operations, BNSF Railroad

Amanda Marruffo has 8 years of environmental compliance, mobile source air quality, and grants/incentives experience. About 6 years were spent as the Manager Environmental Operations territory compliance manager for Illinois and Iowa. There she managed storm water permits, stationary source air permits, spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans, hazardous waste, and Tier 2 reporting. She currently has spent over 1 year as BNSF Railway's lead mobile source air quality program manager. Her work includes all air quality programs, grants, and policy issues. Amanda holds a B.A in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign.

Cynthia Marvin | Chief, Transportation & Toxics Division, California Air Resources Board

Cynthia Marvin is the Chief of the Transportation and Toxics Division at the California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board). The Division is developing a suite of regulations to transition the freight industry to zero-emission operations consistent with the 2016 California Sustainable Freight Action Plan; implementing existing diesel rules and incentives for cleaner ports and rail yards; and updating the State's air toxics program to reduce community health risk. Her division also guides 20 State agencies responsible for investing over $1 billion annually in Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds in transportation, energy, and natural resources projects. Ms. Marvin's prior division assignment involved climate change policy and planning, low carbon fuels, and energy issues. Her background also includes experience with the Board managing California's State Implementation Plans and drafting air toxics regulations to protect public health. Prior to joining CARB, she worked as an Assistant Vice President in the banking industry and received a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis.

Daniel McNair | Senior Product Manager, Global Locomotive Operations, GE Transportation

Daniel McNair has 15 years of product, program and contract management experience. Daniel, as a graduate of GE's Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP), also has over 8 years of experience as a GE sales and product leader. He is currently the senior product manager for GE Transportation's Tier 4 Evolution Series Locomotive in Fort Worth, TX. Daniel also leads the business development efforts for battery-energy storage technology and optimization for future GET hybrid and battery electric locomotives in North America. Dan holds a B.A. in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.

Peter Moulton | Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington Department of Commerce

Peter Moulton is a Senior Energy Policy Specialist for the State Energy Office at the Washington Department of Commerce. He has extensive experience with alternative fuels and vehicles, including development of statewide public sector procurement requirements. Peter coordinates interagency support for biofuels, biopower and value-added coproducts through public policy, research and incentive programs. He also facilitates public and private efforts to expand production, distribution and use of bioenergy, including federal and state financial assistance. His diverse background includes careers in watershed management, environmental education, nonprofit management and media production.


Wayne Nastri | Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Wayne Nastri was unanimously appointed by the SCAQMD Governing Board as Executive Officer in December 2016, after serving as Acting Executive Officer since April 2016. Previously in his career, he served from Oct. 2001 through Jan. 2009 as U.S. EPA's Regional Administrator for Region 9 - Southwest Region, which has jurisdiction over California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. In that position, he was responsible for policy development and operations, exercising management oversight for nearly 1,000 employees and an annual budget exceeding $700 million. He worked closely with the public, industry, and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts, including development of diesel emission reduction efforts through development and implementation of the West Coast Diesel Collaborative, in which SCAQMD actively participates. Mr. Nastri also focused Region 9 efforts on development of strategies to address emissions associated with ocean-going vessels and marine ports.


Raef Porter | Climate and Energy Manager, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Raef Porter is the Climate and Energy Team Manager for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, or SACOG. He has been with SACOG since 2003 when he staffed the regional Blueprint project, a 50 year vision for the 6-county Sacramento region. Raef continues to work closely with local jurisdictions on implementing the growth principals outlined in the plan. Raef manages projects for SACOG related to climate change, travel and land use modeling, and state and federal policies. Currently he is managing SACOGs Civic Lab, Green Region Funding Program, and a regional climate adaptation plan.



Sarah Rees | Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coasts Air Quality Management District

Sarah Rees is the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer in the Planning, Rule Development, and Area Sources Division at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. In her role she focuses on the implementation of transportation and mobile source programs, as well as development of the Air Quality Management Plan and other planning activities. Sarah has over twenty years of experience in air quality and climate change matters at the state and federal level. Prior to joining the District, Sarah directed the Office of Regulatory Policy and Management within EPA's Office of Policy where she oversaw the Agency's regulatory agenda and advised senior Agency management on the development of high profile regulations. Previously, she served several roles within Washington State's Department of Ecology, including directing Ecology's programs to address climate change, and leading the planning and rules section within Ecology's Air Quality Program. Trained as a chemical engineer, Sarah practiced environmental law for several years before obtaining a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mark Roest | Board Member, Green Fleets Group

Mark Roest does Marketing & International Development for Sustainable Energy Inc., and is on the Board and actively participates with Green Fleets Group. He has done product development, sales and marketing in green energy companies for 11 years, and he worked in international development systems design and support for 3 years. He has presented issues and opportunities related to climate change, transportation, and built infrastructure issues, in public comments to government bodies including BAAQMD, CPUC, CARB, CEC, City Councils, Peninsula Clean Energy (a CCA), and California's Legislature, for 5 years.



Aaron Schneider | Sales Director, Chargepoint

Aaron Schneider is building the future of sustainable transportation with ChargePoint. Aaron has deployed thousands of places to charge electric vehicles throughout California. He is an expert on working with public agencies, fleets, businesses, and residential communities to design and deploy charging solutions that are scalable and sustainable and that meet the unique needs of each and every stakeholder. Prior to ChargePoint, Mr. Schneider worked for EnerNOC and DNV-GL.



Matt Schrap | Vice President of Government Programs, Velocity Truck Centers

Matt Schrap is the Vice President of Government Programs for the Velocity Vehicle Group (VVG) and President of the grants and compliance division, California Fleet Solutions (CFS) under the VVG umbrella. The dealership group of VVG has completed thousands of Grant transactions throughout California and provides a level of unapparelled expertise across the myriad of incentive programs and fuel platforms available in the Golden State. Matt serves as a liaison between VVG customers and the State of California, helping truck operators understand regulatory requirements and incentive opportunities as well as government guaranteed lending programs like CalCAP and SBA through Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance, the finance and leasing arm of VVG.



Phil Serna | Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; Member, California Air Resources Board

Phil grew up in Sacramento's Curtis Park neighborhood and attended local schools. The son of Sacramento's first Latino mayor, Joe Serna, Jr., Phil developed an appreciation for public service at a very young age. His respect for his family's humble beginnings and their efforts working with Cesar Chavez to secure rights for farm workers also shaped Phil's desire to serve. After completing his undergraduate studies at California State University, Sacramento, Phil earned a master's degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, graduating with honors in 1994. While attending graduate school, Phil met his future wife Roxanna and they've been happily married for 21 years. They live in Sacramento's North Natomas neighborhood.

Kash Sethi | Director of Sales, Motiv Power Systems

Kash is a seasoned sales and business development leader with experience in the EV, renewables and power utility industries. Passionate about sustainable and green technologies, at Motiv Power Systems, Kash and his team are bringing Ford approved medium duty EV technology to delivery trucks, school buses, shuttle buses and other specialty vehicles. Kash holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a master degree in Business Administration. A proud California company, Motiv has been spearheading medium duty electrification for many years. As a result of its mature and proven-in-the-field technology, Motiv has been selected as an EV technology provider by several industry leading vehicle builders in the bus and truck space.

Tess Sicat | Heavy-Duty Off-Road Strategies Branch Chief, California Air Resources Board

Tess Sicat oversees the development and implementation of programs from a wide variety of off-road equipment. This includes implementing the Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation and Large Spark-Ignition Engine Fleet Requirements Regulation, as well as overseeing Off-Road Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects, and developing new strategies that expand and support the use of zero-emission vehicles and equipment such as Clean Off-Road Equipment vouchers for commercial off-road freight equipment, and Zero Emission Powertrain Certification Regulation.

Clay Siegert | Co-Founder & VP Supply Chain, XL Hybrids, Inc.

Clay is responsible for leading sales, supply chain and production at XL. Prior to co-founding XL, Clay was in strategic roles at Hudson Capital Group, an energy commodity trading firm and Smart Energy, a deregulated electricity and gas supplier. Clay earned a master's degree in Supply Chain Management from MIT, and a bachelor's degree from Trinity College. While at MIT, Clay conducted his thesis on strategies for grid-scale energy storage applications. Clay also co-authored an MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics research study on vehicle-to-grid opportunities for corporate fleets.

Mary Solecki | Partner, AJW, Inc, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition

Mary Solecki has spent the last decade working with clean energy companies on transportation and climate issues across the Pacific Coast. She has successfully led major campaign efforts to establish carbon programs and refine regulatory measures through strategic business engagement. Prior to joining AJW, Ms. Solecki spent eight years with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a partner of Natural Resources Defense Council. There she ran E2's presence in California, Oregon and Washington. She has worked in-depth on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and carbon programs in both California and Oregon. Ms. Solecki has been consulting on energy policy since 2008, and has a background in sales and communications. She received her B.S. in Business from Indiana University and earned her MBA from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

Jamie Sorenson | Director of Specialty Vehicles and Advanced Technology, Winnebago Industries, Inc.

As the Director of Specialty Vehicles and Advanced Technology for Winnebago Industries, Inc., Jamie manages the Specialty Vehicle division which includes both commercial vehicle applications for mobile outreach as well as handicap accessible recreational vehicles. After joining Winnebago in July of 2014, under Jamie's leadership, the Specialty Vehicle division has seen 50-60% year over year revenue growth and a three year unit volume growth of 140%. Having established themselves as a market leader mobile outreach vehicles, in May of 2018, Winnebago Specialty Vehicles, in partnership with Motiv Power Systems, launched its first all-electric, zero emission commercial vehicle platform designed for mobile medical clinics, bloodmobiles, bookmobiles, and other types of outreach vehicles. As the Director of Advanced Technology, Jamie has helped bring Li-ion technology to mainstream recreational vehicles to replace ICE generators, reducing the emissions of RVs produced by the thousands.

Andy Swanton | Director of Trucks, CALSTART

Andy is the Director for CALSTART's Truck Initiative. He works among manufacturers, fuel providers, fleets, and public agencies to accelerate the commercialization of the cleanest available transportation technologies. Previously Andy started and led BYD's all-electric truck division in North America where he managed product and business development for battery electric vehicles for delivery, refuse, and goods movement applications. Andy has engineering degrees from Tufts University and MIT, and a MBA from Harvard.


Faye Swift | DERA Grants & Policy Team Leader, US EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality

Faye currently works at EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality as the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) Grants and Policy Team Leader. Faye began her career at EPA as an intern in the Region 5 Great Lakes Program Office. She then moved on to the Region 5 Air Programs Branch as a Tribal Air Coordinator, and also did a sort stint as a Part 71/NSP Permit Writer. In 2005, Faye transferred into the Mobile Source Team in EPA's Region 2 Office where she began her work with voluntary diesel emission programs and diesel grants. Faye is a proud graduate of Michigan Technological University with degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology.



T.J. Tennent | Owner, Tennent and Associates

Mr. Tennent recently retired from Bridgestone/Firestone as the chief engineer in charge of motorsports and government products. He was also deployed as an expert witness in the courtroom and testified in numerous cases involving tire failure. He and his wife now own "Tennent and Associates". Tennent and Associates teach fleets to reduce cost thru proper maintenance processes, documentation and limiting liability. They also train Law Enforcement in tire forensics.



Heather Tomley | Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach

Heather Tomley is the Director of Environmental Planning for the Port of Long Beach. She joined the Port in 2005 and progressively moved into positions of greater responsibility. She was named to her current post as Director in February 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port's five-member governing body. Ms. Tomley leads the Division most directly responsible for the Port's signature environmental programs, such as the 2005 Green Port Policy, and coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices. She co-wrote, implemented, and assisted with updates to the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which serves as a guideline for programs focused on cleaning Port related air emissions. She is also responsible for developing the Port's Energy Initiative. Ms. Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fern Uennatornwaranggoon | Bay Area Air Quality Policy Manager, Environmental Defense Fund

Fern is an Air Quality Policy Manager in the Office of Chief Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund. She manages several mobile monitoring projects to measure and map air pollution in communities in the Bay Area. She works with community groups, regulators and other stakeholders to develop policies and advocacy strategies to reduce emissions and human exposure to harmful pollutants, particularly from the transportation and goods movement sector. Her background is in city and regional planning.

Sam Wade | Branch Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board

As Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the California Air Resources Board, Mr. Wade oversees rule development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions with CARB, Mr. Wade contributed to the creation of California's cap-and-trade program, authored portions of the initial AB 32 Scoping Plan, and served as ARB's Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major Californian utility and time with a bioenergy start-up. Sam holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Tim Weaver | VP of Corporate Development, Chanje Energy

Tim provides leadership over a diverse array of topics at Chanje Energy. Business development projects include global policy and government relations, real estate, Europe, and exploring new markets. He is also one of the primary champions of the Organizational and Personal Development programs at the heart of what is making Chanje a very different sort of organization. Prior to Chanje, Tim was President of the Kopis Group, a firm specializing in incentive procurement, economic development projects, and international ventures. He personally assisted manufacturers, fleets, and corporations access $302 million in funding for various projects and advanced technologies. Tim is also a member of multiple US Olympic Team coaching staffs and has a full catalogue of incredible stories about life inside the Olympic Village that he's unfortunately not allowed to tell anyone.

Julie Witcover | Assistant Project Scientist, U.C. Davis Institute for Transportation Studies

Julie Witcover is an Assistant Project Scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis, focusing on analysis of low carbon fuel policies, particularly biofuel supply and land use change modeling, and at the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, provides technical review to policymakers on these topics. She worked in the 1990s as an analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute, focusing on the nexus of agricultural, socioeconomic, and environmental issues. She received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008, an M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.

Dave Worthington | Fleet Manager, County of Sonoma

David Worthington is the Fleet Manager for the County of Sonoma. He has over 26 years of comprehensive management experience in automotive and truck related industries. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Fleet Maintenance Association and the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition, as well as, on fleet and transportation related local, state, and national committees and work-groups. The County of Sonoma has been recognized for their efforts and successes in alternative fuel technologies and fleet sustainability by being named the #1 Government Green Fleet in North America for 2015 through the 100 Best Fleets in North America Green Fleet Award Program. The County was also recognized in 2015 with a US EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for Transportation Efficiency Innovations, a Fleet Technology Award as a Top Tier Light & Medium Duty Efficient Fleet, a NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation, a 50 Leading Fleets Award, the Louis "Pete" Peterka Emergency Management Award, and for the sixth year in a row a 100 Best Fleets in North America Award.

Elizabeth Yura | Director, Community Engagement and Policy Division, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Elizabeth Yura is director of the Community Engagement and Policy Division at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Elizabeth joined the Air District in April 2018 and is responsible for overseeing the rule development and community engagement teams, as well as developing and implementing the Air District's efforts to reduce air pollution in disadvantaged communities as part of California Assembly Bill 617. In this ambitious, first-of-its-kind statewide effort, Elizabeth is working closely with community groups, community members, environmental organizations and regulated industries to develop a new community-focused framework to protect air quality for the region's most vulnerable residents. Prior to joining the Air District, Elizabeth worked at the California Air Resources Board where she gained more than a decade of regulatory development and team-lead experience in various roles as branch chief and manager.

Dan Yuska | Office of Environment, U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration

Daniel Yuska serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the US Maritime Administration's Office of Environment. He is responsible for leading research efforts under the Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance program (META) and serving as a lead for domestic and international environmental policy. Daniel holds a M.S. and B.S. in environmental and ecological science disciplines.