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2016 Keynotes

Denis Hayes | President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation  

Denis Hayes

Jim Piro | President and CEO, Portland General Electric (PGE)

Jim Piro

2016 Featured Speaker

Jeff Merkley | U.S. Senator, State of Oregon  

Jeff Merkley

2016 Speakers

Charlie Allcock | Director of Business Development, Portland General Electric  

Charlie Allcock

He was a member of the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD), spending ten days in Japan in meetings and information exchanges with Japanese leaders in government, political, business and non-profit sectors. A graduate of Oregon State University, he resides in Portland with his wife, Kathy, and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and photography.

Gail M. Allen | Sr. Manager, Customer Intelligence, Kansas City Power & Light

Gail Allen

Gail has an MBA and is a Six Sigma Certified Master Black Belt. She has been in the utility industry for over 29 years (although she swears she doesn’t look it). Gail has held several positions at KCP&L (and formerly Aquila). She started in the IT department, worked on Six Sigma, and moved to Energy Solutions in Marking with the Aquila/KCP&L merger. She led the Customer Solutions (Energy Consultants) and shifted full-time to the Smart Grid project in 2011 where she managed the rollout of smart grid tools and customer engagement for the DOE Smart Grid Demonstration pilot in KCP&L’s urban core. Today Gail is responsible for the Customer Insights team. They manage customer market research and the online customer advisory panel. Her team owns the market customer data and recommends all target customer marketing campaigns. She serves as the business lead on the core team that is implementing Oracle’s CC&B customer billing system. Gail is also one of the project managers responsible for launching the KCP&L Clean Charge Network (1001 electric vehicle charging stations) which included 15 DC fast charge stations.

Thomas Ashley | Senior Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Greenlots

Thomas Ashley

Tom Ashley, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Greenlots, leads the company’s regulatory and policy work and supports efforts to expand connectivity between electric vehicles and the grid. Tom is also working to grow EV equity through stakeholder partnerships. Tom has extensive experience in clean energy and transportation policy and planning. Prior to joining Greenlots, he served as the Director of Utility and Regulatory Affairs at PlugShare, where he focused on the policy frameworks necessary for vehicle-grid integration, and has consulted for the Electric Drive Transportation Association. He has also worked for numerous government bodies, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Office of Energy and Environmental Industries of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Vermont Department of Public Service’s Energy Efficiency Division, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Robert Barrosa | Director of Partnerships and Business Development, NRG EVgo

Robert Barrosa

Chris Bast | Climate and Transportation Policy Advisor, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment

Chris Bast

Alan Bates | Market Manager, ReachNow

Alan Bates

Steve Bloch | Vice President of Partnership Development, EV Connect

Steve Bloch

Gwendolyn Bolden | Director of Parking and Transportation, University of Oregon

Gwendolyn Bolden

Kirk Brown | Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, REACH strategies  

Kirk Brown

Successful events not only make the direct case about the EV purchase to targeted, likely-to-purchase customers, but they leverage growing investments from a host of participants in cars and charging infrastructure. Conducting events throughout specific geographies can help reinforce positive market feedback loops involving a virtuous circle of growing peer-to-peer market acceptance at both the individual and large organization (e.g., agency or corporate) level. REACH has successfully managed outreach campaigns across states and jurisdictions over the past years, working with leading non-profits such as Plug in America, every electric vehicle manufacturer, a raft of local, state and federal government agencies, and utilities.

Eric Cahill | Founder and President, Adaptiv Consulting  

Eric Cahill

Heath Carney | Electric Vehicle and Sustainability Manager, Sullivan Chevrolet Auto Group

Heath Carney

Gilbert Castillo | Senior Group Manager, Advanced Vehicle Strategy, Hyundai

Gilbert Castillo

Clay Collier | Co-Founder, Kisensum

Clay Collier

Ivo Cré | Deputy Director, Polis

Ivo Cre

Eric Cutter | Director, Distributed Energy Resources, E3

Eric Cutter

Andrew Daga | CEO, Momentum Dynamics Corporation

Andrew Daga

Baerte de Brey | Account Manager, Stedin

Baerte de Brey

Jessie Denver | Energy Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco

Jessie Denver

Andrew Dick | Connected, Automated, and Electric Vehicle Advisor, Oregon Department of Transportation  

Andrew Dick

Claire Dooley | Electric Vehicle Services Business Development, NRG EVgo  

Claire Dooley

Laurence Dunn | Chief Engineer, Hyster-Yale

Laurence Dunn

Catherine Dunwoody | Chief of the Fuel Cell Program, California Air Resources Board  

Catherine Dunwoody

Catherine has long championed the cause for clean air and a better environment, having started her career at the California Air Resources Board in 1985 as a laboratory chemist. In 2011 Automotive News named Catherine as one of the "Electrifying 100" most influential players in the move to electric drive vehicles. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) and the operational steering committee of H2USA. Catherine is a proud Aggie (UC Davis, Biochemistry) and enjoys driving ZEVs - her Chevy Spark EV and her commuter bicycle.

Rick Durst | Project Manager, Portland General Electric  

Rick Durst

Cliff Fietzek | Manager of Connected eMobility, BMW of North America

Cliff Fietzek

Ingrid Fish | Policy & Research Analyst, City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Ingrid Fish

Jim Francfort | Program Manager, Advanced Transportation Group, Idaho National Laboratory  

Jim Francfort

Annie Freyschlag | Program Associate, Drive Electric Northern Colorado, Electrification Coalition

Annie Freyschlag

Jean-Baptiste Gallo | Senior Project Engineer, CALSTART

Jean-Baptiste Gallo

John Gartner | Director, Navigant Research

John Gartner

Robert Graham | Director, EV Everywhere Challenge, US Department of Energy  

Robert Graham

Prior to EPRI, Bob was instrumental in the development and management of the Federal Transit Administration's Advanced Technology Transit Bus Project which linked composite technology and hybrid drives systems. The ATTB project was managed and engineered by Northrop Grumman with support from Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority. In 2004 Bob was named one of top 50 individuals in Public Transit for the last 100 years by the transit industry's Metro Magazine. Bob graduated from Hampden Sydney College in Virginia with an MBA from Pepperdine University in California. Bob is married with two daughters, a foster son and seven grandchildren.

Christine Grant | Senior Associate, Collaborative Efficiency  

Christine Grant

Jamie Hall | Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors

Jamie Hall

Bengt Halvorson | Environmental Editor, Car and Driver

Bengt Halvorson

Marian Hammond | Partner, Strategy and Communications, Brink  

Marian Hammond

Representative Ken Helm | State Representative, Oregon House District 34  

Ken Helm

Amy Hillman | NW Client Relations Manager, Blink Network at Car Charging Group

Amy Hillman

Andrew Hudgins | Project Leader, Clean Cities National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Andrew Hudgins

Roland Hwang | Director, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council  

Roland Hwang

Mr. Hwang has also worked for the United States Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as an Air Pollution Engineer. At LBNL, he developed computer models to forecast energy demand in the U.S. residential and industrial sectors. At CARB, Mr. Hwang was involved in the permitting process for hazardous waste incinerators and developed procedures to assist air districts in evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills. Mr. Hwang received a Bachelors from the University of California at Davis in 1986 and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the same institution in 1988. He received a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992.

Bob Jenks | Executive Director, Citizens' Utility Board

Bob Jenks

Zach Kahn | Director of Government Relations, BYD America  

Zach Kahn

Wayne Killen | Electric Vehicle Architect, Audi ONE, Audi of America, Inc.  

Wayne Killen

Killen also ensured Audi compliance with future U.S. environmental and safety standards and spearheaded the first U.S. Audi e-mobility product strategy. Killen has long experience in the auto industry in product planning and strategy, including with Mercedes-Benz, where he developed and launched the Maybach brand.

Matthew Klippenstein | Renewable Energy Consultant, SgurrEnergy  

Matthew Klippenstein

Jukka Kukkonen | Founder, PlugInConnect

Jukka Kukkonen

Anthony Lambkin | National Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Manager, Nissan North America

Anthony Lambkin

Robert Langford | Manager, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales, Honda

Robert Langford

Kent Leacock | Director Government Relations, Proterra  

Kent Leacock

Maarten Linnenkamp | Project Manager and Electric Transport Consultant, Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam

Maarten Linnenkamp

John MacArthur | Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, TREC – Portland State University

John MacArthur

JJ McCoy | Senior Policy Associate, NW Energy Coalition

JJ McCoy

Neil McFarlane | General Manager, TriMet

Neil McFarlane

Sarah Moore | Planner, Energy and Sustainable Development, City of Berkeley   

Sarah Moore

Ken Morgan | Director, Business Development & Government Affairs, Tesla Motors  

Ken Morgan

John Morris | CEO, Morris Energy Consulting  

John Morris

Nick Nigro | Founder, Atlas Public Policy  

Nick Nigro

Commissioner Steve Novick | City of Portland

Steve Novick

Ben Odenborg | General Manager, Tonkin Central Sales  

Ben Odenborg

Ben's company was an early pioneer in evaluating and prototyping battery technologies as well. Ben comes from an early background with Procter and Gamble and General Electric in sales and marketing capacities. Ben is passionate about electric powered transportation and the potential growth opportunities as well as the practicality of this segment.

Brendan O'Donnell | Energy Planning Supervisor, Seattle City Light

Brendan O'Donnell

Gennet Paauwe | Communications Advisor, California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative  

Gennet Paauwe

Dave Packard | Vice President of Utility Solutions, ChargePoint

Dave Packard

David N. Patterson, P.E. | Chief Engineer, Powertrain Research and Vehicle Emissions/Fuel Economy Compliance, Mitsubishi Motors

David Patterson

Lisa Poger | Strategic Deployment of Electric Fueling Infrastructure, Advanced Energy

Lisa Poger

Karl Popham | Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy

Karl Popham

Ben Prochazka, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Ben Prochazka

Rich Quattrini | Senior Director Business Development, Chargepoint  

Rich Quattrini

W. Spencer Reeder | Vulcan, Inc.

Spencer Reeder

David Roberts | Senior Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation  

David Roberts

Mike Rockwood | General Manager, US Market, Eluminocity

Mike Rockwood

As General Manager of eluminocity US, Inc. Mike is helping utility and municipal customers turn city street and parking lights into smart light poles that serve as nodes on municipal internet networks. Many of the millions of such light poles in the US are suitable to be EV Charging sites as well. Using existing street and parking lot light poles as EV Charging sites can reduce the total costs-per-node and increase the placement and parking options available. Such applications are not without challenges, however, and Mike will share some of the lessons learned, some learned the "hard way". Mike will share information from his company's European pilots at BMW Headquarters in Munich as well as from his experience in pilot programs in several major US cities to date.

David Reichmuth | Senior Engineer, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists  

David Reichmuth

David Roberts | Senior Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation  

David Roberts

Nancy Ryan | Partner, E3

Nancy Ryan

Dr. Ryan's career path has also included positions in environmental advocacy and academia. She was a Senior Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund from 2001-2005 and taught applied economics at UC Berkeley's Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy from 1996-2007. Dr. Ryan received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Kellen Schefter | Manager of Sustainable Technology, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)  

Kellen Schefter

Craig Scott | National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota

Craig Scott

Chelsea Sexton | Founder, Lightning Rod Foundation

Chelsea Sexton

Matt Solomon | Transportation Program Manager, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)  

Matt Solomon

Daniel Sperling | Founding Director & Professor, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis  

Daniel Sperling

Matt Stevens | CEO, FleetCarma  

Matt Stevens

Tyler Svitak | Energy and Transportation Administrator, City and County of Denver

Tyler Svitak

Matt Teske | Chief Strategy Officer/Creative Director, Drive Marketing Group  

Matt Teske

Anthony Thomson | VP Business Development & Marketing, Qualcomm Europe Inc.  

Ola Elvestuen

Most recently Dr. Thomson led the commercialisation of novel wireless power technologies at Auckland UniServices in New Zealand. Previously Dr. Thomson worked at NYSE-LIFFE in strategy and business development roles, analyzing potential acquisitions, structuring and negotiating deals, and providing oversight of post-deal integration. Dr. Thomson holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK and masters and doctoral degrees from Otago University, New Zealand. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Jasna Tomic | Research Director, CALSTART

Jasna Tomic

Will Toor | Transportation Program Director, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)  

Will Toor

Diane Turchetta | Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. DOT-FHWA  

Diane Turchetta

Dave Vernier | ‎Founder & Co-President, Vernier Software

Dave Vernier

John Voelcker | Senior Editor, Green Car Reports  

John Voelcker

Eli Volem | Energy Management Specialist, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Eli Volem

Adam Vollmer | Founder and CEO, Faraday Bicycles  

Adam Vollmer

Eric Weaver | Research Civil Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Infrastructure R&D

Eric Weaver

Harm Weken | Managing Partner, FIER Automotive

Harm Weken

Randy Wilde | Clean Transportation Project Associate, Center for Sustainable Energy  

Randy Wilde

Brett Williams | Principal Advisor, Clean Transportation Department, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)  

Brett Williams

Tracy Woodard | Director of Government Affairs, Nissan North America

Tracy Woodard

Aminah Zaghab | Clean Cars Advocate, Environment America  

Aminah Zaghab

View past speakers here: 2015, 2014, 2013.