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2021 Conference Program

Adapt. Accelerate. Advance Smart Transportation.

Roadmap invites participants to "tesxt drive the future" and learn from leaders in industry, communities, and government agencies. Programming will be organized around these tracks:

Vehicles. The Vehicles Track will focus on the rapid electrification of cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles, as well as new forms of shared, autonomous, and micromobility.
Charging. Charging infrastructure is rapidly evolving to support millions of new vehicles and drivers. The Charging Track will explore how to make charging faster and more accessible while maximizing benefits for the electrical grid.
Impact. How do we ensure new mobility services reach the communities that will benefit from them the most? The Impact Track will explore the broader ecosystem needed for the market to expand with an emphasis on equitable programs, policies, and demonstration projects.
Cutting Edge. The Cutting Edge Track will feature presentations and "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes on the most important topics and emerging technologies in smart transportation.

Monday, June 14

Track 1: Vehicles

Track 2: Charging

Track 3: Impact

Track 4: Cutting Edge

9:00am-9:15am
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
9:15am-10:15am
10:15am-11:00am
10:20am-10:50am
11:00am-12:15pm As more heavy-duty vehicles electrify, how can we ensure this transition does not perpetuate historic transportation inequities and instead maximizes environmental and economic benefits to frontline communities and small businesses?
Moderator: Anand Gopal | Environmental Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Henrik Holland | Chief Operating Officer, Greenlots
Niki Okuk | Program Manager, CALSTART
Nicole Wong | Campaign Manager, Dream Corps Green For All
With the rise in electric car sales and commitments to phasing out ICE vehicles, careful planning and needs assessments are critical. The Biden Administration has called for over 500,000 new charging stations, and it's clear that a major expansion is needed. But what kind of charging is needed, where, by when, and for what use cases? How do we tackle "charging deserts" and ensure equitable access to clean mobility? And what are the best roles for different stakeholders in this expansion?
Moderator: Diane Turchetta | Transportation Specialist, USDOT-FHWA
Daniel Francis | Director of Customer Solutions & Policy Insight, American Electric Power
Wayne Killen | Director, Charging Infrastructure Planning & Business Development, Electrify America
Lucy McKenzie | Director, Atlas Public Policy
Amanda Pietz | Director, Climate Office, Oregon Department of Transportation
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that the future is unpredictable. Nevertheless, we have assembled a panel of futurists and analysts representing different industry sectors willing to gaze into their crystal balls and tell you what they see in terms of the major trends, threats, and opportunities for electric and smart transportation.
Moderator: John Voelcker | Automotive Journalist & Industry Analyst
Ram Chandrasekaran | Transportation & Mobility Principal Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
Derek Jones | Director, Energy Sustainability & Infrastructure, Guidehouse
Lea Malloy | Head of Research and Development, Cox Automotive Inc.
Hold on to your seats! This session will include a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, featuring smart transportation technology developments. These short-format presentations are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Karen Zelmar | Senior Vice President, Network Planning, Volta Charging
Torun Degnes | CEO, SAMS Norway
Matt O'Leary | Chairman and CEO, Motiv Power Systems
Andrew Milián | Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
Steven Sloop | President, OnTo Technology LLC
12:15pm-1:00pm
12:20pm-12:50pm
1:00pm-2:15pm A growing number of pilot and demonstration projects are showing the viability of electrifying school buses. How can efforts to achieve widespread electric school bus adoption meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of school districts, budgets, supporting policies to capture the grid benefits of batteries, and other key factors?
Moderator: Margarita Parra | Transportation Program Director, Clean Energy Works
Leslie Kilgore | Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Thomas Built Buses
Erika Myers | Global Senior Manager, Electric Vehicles, World Resources Institute
Johanna Vicente | Senior National Director, Chispa
Managing the time and manner of charging can dramatically lower its costs and increase grid benefits. Longer term, "vehicle-to-grid" programs offer even greater promise for both user and grid benefits. What are the most effective programs operating at scale today, and how do we accelerate large-scale bidirectional charging?
Moderator: Kellen Schefter | Director, Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Celia Dayagi | Head Of Product Management, Siemens
Chad Saliba | Business Development Manager, Geotab Energy
Jigar J. Shah | Manager, Distributed Energy & Grid Services, Electrify America, LLC
Marc Trahand | Executive Vice President, Marketing, Nuvve Corporation
In this interactive session, organizations representing different sectors will be given mock scenarios involving transportation challenges and then asked how they would center equity and support historically underserved communities when addressing the challenge. Bring your questions!
Moderator: Isa Gaillard | Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute
Amy Atchley | Sr. Lead EV Equity Program, Austin Energy
Michael Randolph | Transportation Planner, City of Oakland
Hold on to your seats! This panel will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each on a diverse range of cutting-edge topics, followed by brief Q&A periods. These short-format sessions are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Julia Rege | VP of Energy and Environment, Auto Innovators
Cristiano Facanha | Global Director, CALSTART
Sue Gander | Managing Director, EV Policy, Electrification Coalition
Michelle Kinman | Senior Director of Transportation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Dory Larsen | Electric Vehicle Program Coordinator, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Dan O'Shea | Director, Utility Business Development, EV Infrastructure, ABB Inc.
2:15pm-2:30pm
2:30pm-3:00pm

Tuesday, June 15

Track 1: Vehicles

Track 2: Charging

Track 3: Impact

Track 4: Cutting Edge

9:00am-9:05am
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
9:05am-10:00am Unprecedented US investment in smart transportation is on the horizon, which soon will add momentum to an already rapidly growing market. This plenary convenes leaders from across the sector who will discuss the importance of centering diversity, equity and inclusion to share their recommendations and insights on how the wide range of industry players can drive the acceleration of equitable transportation electrification to be more diverse and inclusive.
Moderator: Monica Araya | Distinguished Fellow, Global Electric Campaign
Telva McGruder | Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, GM
Cathy Zoi | CEO, EVgo
Rose McKinney-James | Board Chair, Energy Foundation
10:00am-10:30am
10:00am-10:30am
10:30am-11:45am The increasing number of commitments to 100% new ZEV sales means the future of dealerships will be centered on EV inventory. How are dealers getting better at effectively selling electric vehicles, and what can stakeholders do to support these efforts? How are new programs and technologies streamlining the buying process?
Moderator: Connor Herman | Program Manager, Forth
John Morris | Sr. Director Electric Transportation, D+R International
Alisa Reinhardt | Director of Government Affairs, California New Car Dealers Association
Kathryn Urquhart | Program Director, Plug In America
As more employees begin returning to in-person work, how can we encourage and support them in choosing electric transportation? How does that effort complement work to promote cycling, transit, and telecommuting, and what will commuting look like in the years ahead?
Moderator: Sarah Olexsak | Manager, Transportation Electrification, Duquesne Light Company
Lyndel Fusello | Transportation Program Manager, Bus Operations, Workforce Services, Genentech SSF
Sohier Hall | Head of Luum
Kelly Yearick | Program Manager, Forth
What on-the-ground efforts, policies, and partnerships are needed to electrify ride-hailing and ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft by supporting drivers to transition to EVs?
Moderator: Barrett Brown | Program Manager, Forth
Raven Hernandez | CEO & Founder, Earth Rides App
Jessica Jinn | Climate Advisor, Transportation, American Cities Climate Challenge, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Los Angeles
Sarah McKearnan | Senior Policy Advisor, NESCAUM
Jon Walker | Sustainability Policy Manager, Lyft
As more countries and regions around the world invest in electric and smart mobility, the market continues to expand. Hear from a variety of countries and regions at different stages of electric vehicle deployment and how they are incorporating clean vehicle options to their transportation systems.
Moderator: Keith Budden | Head of Business Development, Cenex
Edem Foli | Program Manager, uYilo
Judith Oginga-Martins | Sustainable Mobility Expert & Researcher, Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) and United Nations
Fernando Saka | Executive Director, Metropolitan Public Transport, Santiago, Chile
Harm Weken | Managing Partner, FIER Automotive & Mobility
11:45am-12:30pm
12:30pm-1:45pm What are the prospects and opportunities to regain and increase the adoption of electric micro-mobility in a post-COVID world? How could a more coordinated national strategy for the "new normal" support a robust, equitable, and sustainable micro-mobility ecosystem?
Moderator: Samantha Herr | Executive Director, North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA)
Brodie Hylton | CEO, Cascadia Mobility Inc.
Creighton Randall | CEO and Principal Consultant, Mobility Development
Michael Schwartz | Head of Customers and Policy, Ride Report
As we move to rapidly electrify medium and heavy-duty vehicles with larger batteries, we will need to quickly scale the installation of charging stations. How should heavy-duty charging infrastructure be tailored to match the vehicles travel patterns and growing demand?
Moderator: Surya Swamy | Senior Director, Fleet Solutions, EVgo
Bill Bliem | SVP of Fleet Services, NFI Industries
Rustam Kocher | Transportation Electrification, PGE
Michael McDonald | Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs, United Parcel Service (UPS)
Kimberly Okafor | Strategic Business Development Manager, Trillium
How are current programs around the U.S. elevating social justice and clean transportation? What considerations should be taken into account to ensure clean transportation options best fit the transportation needs of historically underserved communities?
Moderator: Quincy Brown | Co-Founder and Principle Consultant, We All Rise
Alexa Diaz | Policy Manager, Forth
Dr. Shelley Francis | Co-Founder, EVHybridNoire
Marcus Gilmore | Senior Manager of Transportation and Infrastructure Programs, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
Raquel Leon | Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Hold on to your seats! This session will include a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, highlighting autonomous mobility advancements. These short-format talks are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Paul Stith | Director, Global Transportation Initiatives, Black & Veatch
Mandy Bishop | Deputy Director of Public Service/Smart Columbus Program Manager, City of Columbus
Crijn Bouman | CEO & Co-Founder, ROCSYS
Adam Mandel | Senior Charging Technology Manager, Cruise
1:45pm-2:00pm
2:00pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, June 16

Track 1: Vehicles

Track 2: Charging

Track 3: Impact

Track 4: Cutting Edge

9:00am-9:15am
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
9:15am-9:45am
9:15am-9:45am
9:45am-11:00am The promise of hydrogen-powered vehicles in the clean energy economy has been slow to materialize, especially outside of California. However, the past year has seen progress in a number of areas. What's new, what's coming, and what will it take to bring FCVs out of California?
Moderator: Cheshta Balwani | C&I Renewable and Mobility Energy Specialist, Black & Veatch Corporation
Analisa Bevan | Assistant Division Chief, Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division, California Air Resources Board
Gary Ivory | Assistant Manager, Douglas County PUD
Jason Sekhon | Advanced Technology Research Sr. Consultant, Toyota
Approximately 80 million people in the U.S. - almost a quarter of the population - live in multi-unit dwellings such as apartments and condominiums. Rapidly increasing charging options at MUDs will be essential to transportation electrification growth, but how do we accelerate this work and ensure equitable access to e-mobility options for MUD residents?
Moderator: John Kalb | Founder, EV Charging Pros
Jennifer Green | Director of Sustainability and Workforce Development, Burlington Electric Department
Eric Huang | Program Manager, Forth
Kevin Wood | Technical Project Manager, Energetics
How are federal agencies working together to support decarbonization and the electrification of everything that moves? Learn how federal agencies, as part of the new administration, are coordinating efforts to advance the smart transportation industry in the new administration.
Moderator: Jeanette Shaw | Senior Director, Public Affairs and Policy, Forth
Michael Berube | Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, US Department of Energy
Hold on to your seats! This panel will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each on a diverse range of cutting-edge topics, followed by brief Q&A periods. These short-format sessions are guaranteed to get you talking!
Evette Ellis | Chief Workforce Officer, ChargerHelp, Inc.
Josh Boone | Founding Executive Director, Veloz
Matt Macunas | Legislative Liaison and Associate Director of Transportation Initiatives, Connecticut Green Bank
Maurice Muia | City of St. Louis and NRDC
Henry A. Balensifer III | Manager of Marketing and Government Relations, JBT LEKTRO, Inc.
11:00am-11:30am
11:30am-12:45pm How can transit systems battered by the pandemic survive and rebuild by deploying electric buses and other innovative technologies? What role can partnerships with other mobility providers, such as micro-mobility providers and ride-share operators, play in this recovery? How can we ensure this recovery better serves those most dependent on transit?
Moderator: Thomas Brennan | Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
Cassandra Martin | Rad Mobile Support Supervisor, Rad Power Bikes
Mike Rimoin | Innovative Mobility Program Lead, King County Metro
Mariia Zimmerman | Founder and Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC
With climate change impacts and increasing intensity and frequency of wildfires and storms, EVs can provide power and support when the grid is down. What current projects and case studies are showcasing large-scale implications for the future?
Moderator: Tyler Hughes | Supervising Electrical Engineer, ‎WSP
Chris Bilby | Research and Programs Engineer, Holy Cross Energy
Lauren Burke | Senior Director, Marketing & Development, EnelX
David Slutzky | CEO, President, & Founder, Fermata Energy
Many cities, states, and countries are committing to all new vehicles sold being electric in 10-15 years. This panel will assume we reach that goal across the US and work backwards: What supporting policies, partnerships, and investments were needed? What bumps did we hit along the way? And what did it mean for jobs, the industry, and all those old internal combustion vehicles?
Moderator: Britta Gross | Managing Director, Carbon Free Mobility Global Program, Rocky Mountain Institute
Nadia El Mallakh | VP of Strategic Partnerships & Ventures, Xcel Energy
Natasha Robinson | Joint Head of Office of Low Emission Vehicles
Will Toor | Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
Electric and smart transportation programs and policies are widespread in urban areas, but what about communities in rural regions? What current projects and programs are bringing smart transportation options to rural areas? How do the challenges of incorporating new transportation technologies differ compared to urban communities?
Moderator: Biljana "Billie" Kaumaya | Legislative Affairs Director, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Bridget Callahan | Energy Program Manager, Sustainable Northwest
David Roberts | Senior Consultant, VEIC
Curtis Wynn | President & CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
12:45pm-1:15pm
12:45pm-1:15pm
1:15pm-2:00pm
Moderator: Chelsea Sexton | Electric Car Advocate and Advisor
Takafumi Anegawa | President of Research Institute, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO)
Mary Nichols | Former Chair, California Air Resources Board

View last year's conference program here.