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2021 Speakers

She works leaders in government, business, philanthropies to advocate and guide decarbonization strategies. This means creating and supporting coalitions of diverse stakeholders guided by a shared vision. Her experience includes working with early adopters of electric mobility as well as climate activists, utilities, car dealers, automakers, charging infrastructure providers, and lawmakers. Her experience includes working with early adopters of electric mobility as well as climate activists, utilities, car dealers, automakers, charging infrastructure providers, and lawmakers. She was named 'Crusader of the Year' for her role advancing electric mobility in Costa Rica. BMW and TED appointed her as mentor to "Next Visionaries," an initiative exploring the future of mobility. She writes in international media and gives talks on decarbonization leadership, such as her global TED talks from 2016 and 2020 that have been watched over 3 million times. She was selected to the first all-female expedition to Antarctica. Dr. Araya has B.A. and Master's degree in Economics from Costa Rica's National University and a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.

He brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry to his new EERE post, specifically in the areas of environmental compliance, energy and safety policy, product development and marketing. He has worked on a broad range of electric vehicle, connected car and advanced powertrain initiatives. Michael also led multiple environmental and energy initiatives within the Chrysler Corporation. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from MIT. He later returned to MIT as both a graduate student and researcher where he received a master's degree in the Technology and Policy Program and a master's degree from the Sloan School of Management. He was recognized for his early work on corporate sustainability and led research for the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program.

He has recently led on the development of a new Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership that brings together not for profit organisations to support the global transition to zero emission transport. Keith has also been actively involved in Cenex's groundbreaking work on vehicle to grid systems, enabling vehicle batteries to discharge back into the building and grid to create additional value. Keith has previously worked for E.ON, delivering their sustainable cities programme, and for Birmingham City Council, leading on environmental programmes, climate change and energy. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and Technology in 2009 in recognition of his work on tackling climate change.

Before joining Xcel Energy, Nadia was in private practice at several international law firms including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Nadia holds a master's degree in city planning (M.C.P), a law degree (J.D.), and a Bachelor of Science (B.S,) in Conservation and Resource Studies all from the University of California at Berkley. She is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Education and Business Coalition. The Denver Business Journal has named Nadia a "Top Woman in Business" and included her in its "Who's Who in Energy" list since 2017.

The EVNoire Team provides opportunities to engage with multi-modal, clean transportation through education and outreach, expanding charging infrastructure, marketing/launches, workplace charging, workforce development and beneficial policies. Dr. Francis and Terry Travis' vision led to the Co-Founding of the nation's largest network of diverse EV drivers and enthusiasts, EVHybridNoire, a 501c3 Nonprofit. EVHybridNoire, is a national, award winning, multicultural organization focused on increasing EV adoption and awareness in diverse communities. Dr. Francis is frequently sought out for her expertise in E-Mobility, the public health impacts of transportation emissions and environmental justice and is often featured in national journals and publications such as the Baltimore Sun, Columbus Times-Dispatch, Energy News, Forbes and more. Dr. Francis was recently recognized as one of the top Women in EVs by Electric Drives; Dr. Francis was also featured in the Progressive Change Institute's report of the top 400 candidates recommended for the Biden-Harris Administration and she was identified by movmi and Sandra Phillips as one of their 2020 Mobility Leaders. She currently serves as a National Board Director for the Electric Auto Association.

She holds and has held numerous board seats, including the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), MobilityData, Plug in America, the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), and served as a Governor appointee on both the Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission and the Maryland Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Commission. Ms. Gross has received numerous industry awards including Automotive News' "Electrifying 100", the GreenBiz "Verge 25" award, has testified in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and speaks regularly to national audiences on topics related to alternative fuels in transportation.

He co-led California investor-owned utilities (IOU) reporting activities providing load impacts from the IOU's respective EV rate schedules, EV penetration forecasts, and cost tracking for distribution and service upgrades. He also served as the statewide research planning lead for zero net energy (ZNE) and codes and standards, and as the PG&E lead for California Solar Initiative (CSI) research. In these roles, he led multi-year collaborations among staff from the California IOUs, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and public stakeholders to produce and implement strategic research roadmaps. Prior to PG&E, he worked for Mitsubishi Corporation's government relations office in Washington DC where he monitored and advised the trading company's worldwide leadership on US and global auto industry market, policy, and technology developments.

With a background in the financial services, technology and professional service industries, Brendan has aided companies ranging from 500 to 10,000 employees. Prior to these roles, he started his career at EDS as a systems engineer and progressed through the ranks rapidly to become the Fortune 100's youngest Chief Sales Officer for EDS. Brendan was recently named the world's Most Innovative CEO by CEO World Awards®; Executive of the Year by Best in Biz Awards; and a Stevie Awards® winner by American Business Awards®. Brendan serves as a member of the board for Revolution Armor & ExpressIT Logistics and serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee for both companies. He received his Bachelor's Degree from RPI, MBA from George Washington University, and Executive Certificates from Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, MIT & U Chicago.

She leveraged her engineering expertise into aerospace and defense business where as Vice President of Program Management at L3Harris she led delivery of the largest and most complex RF microwave system execution in her sector of L3. In the electric vehicle technology space, Leslie pioneered the first electric vehicle safety-training program for the first responder community across the US and Canada. This national program established the foundation for electric vehicle safety training for all first responders now managed by the NFPA. At Thomas Built Buses, Leslie continues this legacy of innovative leadership with the establishment of the Jouley all Electric school bus, and several advanced safety systems on traditional school bused supporting the growing needs of the entire pupil transportation community from students to administrators. A strong advocate of STEAM and corporate community citizenship, Leslie serves on several technical advisory boards and community nonprofit organizations focused on education, community development, social justice and the unique myriad of issues uniquely affecting children. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she connects across the globe with other college educated and likeminded women who seek to make local community impact in the areas of financial literacy, public policy and political participation, advancing educational opportunities and S.T.E.A.M. focused careers. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University-West Lafayette, a Global Business certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles and a host of industry related awards and recognitions.

Previously, he was an Electric Vehicle Architect for Audi of America. In this role, Killen prepared Audi for the electric age, first targeting the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV launch in 2019. Key responsibilities included developing strategies to build consumer demand, planning a charging network, and creating a new customer journey and retail sales/service model tailored for electrification. Previously, Killen was the General Manager for Product Strategy and Launch for Audi of America, a role which encompassed the long range portfolio planning for vehicles (including the original recommendation leading to the Audi e-tron), powertrains and technologies, as well as developing U.S. market launch plans. Killen has several decades of product planning, strategy and go-to-market experience in the auto industry, including four years with Hyundai Motor America leading the product planning and connected car departments as well as ten years with Mercedes-Benz, where he launched the W201 C-Class and Maybach brand. He is also a Forth board member since 2019.

Matt was previously a Legislative Aide at the Connecticut General Assembly, serving as office manager, strategist, and spokesperson for multiple elected State Representatives. Through 12 years of election cycles, Matt has been a consultant to state and local political campaigns. He was also Senior Account Executive at public affairs firm Grossman Heinz, supporting clients with grassroots mobilization, executive searches, lobbying, and management consulting.

Along with her professional accomplishments, Telva is dedicated to teaching and leading others inside and outside of General Motors. She is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Vice-Chair of the advisory board for the Oakland University School of Health Sciences, a member of the advisory board for the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, and a member of the board for Engineering Tomorrow.

John Morris

Erika is a prior speaker at EV Roadmap and is a well-known EV transportation electrification researcher. She 'walks the talk' by owning two battery electric vehicles powered by 100% renewable energy, which she manages through a networked Level 2 residential charger. Prior to joining WRI, Erika was the Principal of Transportation Electrification for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), an alternative fuels and clean energy consultant with ICF International, a renewable energy manager for the South Carolina Energy Office, and a Clean Cities Coordinator for the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition.

Will previously served on and chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). He was appointed by Governor Ritter to the state Transportation Funding and Implementation blue ribbon panel, the Governor's Climate Action Panel, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Air Quality Control Commission and the state oil and gas taskforce. Will spent 12 years as Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center, where he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and transportation planning. Will holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.

Diane Turchetta

John Voelcker

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