Leveraging Federal Charging Investments
Date & Time
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A Workshop for Governments and their Partners

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will invest billions of dollars in charging infrastructure nationwide, primarily through a formula program and a discretionary grant program. Most of this funding will flow through transportation agencies that will need to quickly develop expertise in transportation electrification and charging - and this work will require new kinds and levels of partnership to succeed. By June, most states will have their initial plans nearly complete for an August 1 submission deadline - but the hard work of implementation will not begin until later in 2022.

This workshop will focus on how to make the most effective use of charging investments, including both formula and discretionary grants as well as other funding, to quickly and effectively drive electrification of personal transportation in ways that center the needs of historically underserved communities and meet or exceed the Administration’s Justice40 objectives.

Key Learning Objectives

Participants will leave this one day workshop with a better understanding of:

  • The key charging use cases, and best practices for serving them
  • Strategies to maximize the benefits and utilization of corridor fast charging, especially for rural and historically underserved communities
  • Key partners in transportation electrification, and how to engage with them and collaborate effectively
  • Where to find additional resources and assistance

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Networking breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome and Overview

  • Geoff Gibson | Senior Program Manager, Forth

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Joint Office
Representatives of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation will summarize their work to date and what they have planned next, and take questions from participants. 

  • Stephen Lommele | Interim Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation
  • Matt Moniot | Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Charging as Enabling Technology
This session will review the role of public charging in enabling access to electric mobility, and will discuss key use cases.

  • Geoff Gibson | Senior Program Manager, Forth
  • Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | Corridor Charging Best Practices
We will review best practices in building out fast charging corridors, based on insights from the nation’s leading fast charging providers.

  • Moderator: Colleen Quinn | Founder and Partner, eMobility Advisors
  • Jonathan Levy | Chief Commercial Officer, EVgo
  • Tyler Stoff | Gov’t Affairs & Public Policy Lead - Utility, Electrify America
  • Thomas Ashley | Vice President, Policy & Market Development, Shell Recharge Solutions Americas
  • John Schott | Director, Public-Private Partnerships, Grant Development, ChargePoint

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM | Partners: Electric Utilities
Electric utilities are critical partners in building out charging infrastructure, but every utility is different. How can state DOTs and other stakeholders best engage and collaborate with utilities to achieve our shared goals?

  • Moderator: Charles Satterfield | Senior Manager – Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
  • Eric Cahill | Electric Transportation Strategy & Policy Lead, Sacramento Municipality Utility District (SMUD)
  • Tandy Dilworth | Xcel Energy
  • Natasha Contreras | Clean Transportation Customer Engagement Manager, SDG&E
  • Patti Best | Idaho Power
  • Jennifer Harper | Strategy & Risk Supervisor, Energy Northwest

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | Partners: Equity Organizations
The federal Justice40 initiative and charging program guidance emphasize equity in EV charging investments. But what does this mean in practice? How can state DOTs and other stakeholders best engage and collaborate with equity advocates to achieve this goal?

  • Moderator: Margaret Smith | Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Leslie Aguayo | Climate Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute
  • Rachael Aptowitz | Clean Mobility Strategist, Grid Alternatives
  • Terry Travis | Co-Founder and Principal, EVHybridNoire
  • Queen Shabazz | CEO, Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC); Founder, United Parents Against Lead

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM | Break

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM | Leveraging Other Funds
Federal charging funds are important, but far from adequate to meet our long term charging needs. These funds are also highly focused on hardware. How can state DOTs and other stakeholders collaborate to identify and leverage other funding sources to expand charging and support complementary activities and programs like outreach, education, technical assistance, and vehicle access programs?

  • Moderator: Amy Hillman | Vice President of Sales, OpConnect
  • Steven Polunsky | Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • James Campbell | Director of Innovation and Sustainability Policy, PacifiCorp
  • Jessica James | Senior Manager, General Motors Climate Equity Fund
  • Mary Brazell | Transportation Electrification Program Manager, Climate Office, Oregon Department of Transportation

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM | Additional Resources
Many organizations are stepping up to provide support and assistance to state DOTs and other stakeholders. This session will invite key sources of technical assistance to summarize how they can help in the months and years to come.

  • Moderator: Nick Nigro | Founder, Atlas Public Policy
  • Cassie Powers | Senior Managing Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
  • Dave Peters | Program Specialist for Environment, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • Geoff Gibson | Senior Program Manager, Forth
  • Chris Bast | Director of EV Infrastructure Investments, Electrification Coalition
  • Zach Henkin | Director of EV Program Research, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
  • Charles Satterfield | Senior Manager – Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM | Closing

  • Geoff Gibson | Senior Program Manager, Forth