2019 Keynotes

Alberto Ayala | Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Alberto Ayala

John Davis | Creator/Host/Senior Executive Producer, MotorWeek

John Davis

As outreach, Davis and MotorWeek have worked in recent years with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote public awareness of alternative fuels. During 2004 and 2005, he served as spokesperson for North Carolina Department of Transportation's initiative promoting annual automotive emissions inspections. In 2002, Davis was spokesperson for the "Smooth Operator" public awareness campaign on aggressive driving in the tri-state area of Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Davis is one of the founders of the North American Car & Truck of The Year Awards, the only independent journalistic automotive award in North America. He served on its executive board from 1994 to 2010. He is also one of the organizers and an original member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. Davis is a former president of the International Motor Press Association, the oldest and most prestigious organization of automotive journalists in North America. Davis has received some of the highest awards in automotive journalism and television, including two Emmy Awards. In 2007, he won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region, and in 1998 from the NATAS Chicago-Midwest Chapter. More recently he was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle by NATAS National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter in honor of his over 25 years in broadcast television. Davis was presented with International Wheel Awards in 2004 and 2003, and two Golden Wheel Awards in 1999, including the grand award, from the Detroit Press Foundation which recognizes the best in automotive journalism. He received an International Automotive Media Award in 2005 from the International Society for Vehicle Preservation, and was further honored with the IAMA Lifetime Achievement award for 2009. A 1970 mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate of North Carolina State University, Davis also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina. He was the 1969-1970 recipient of the W.D. Cartwright Memorial Engineering Scholarship and a member of the Pi Tau Sigma honorary scholastic fraternity. Prior to joining Maryland Public Television, Davis worked for the Wall Street brokerage firm of Kidder, Peabody and Company as a transportation analyst. Upon joining MPT, John served as Producer, Executive Producer, and finally Senior Executive Producer on the iconic PBS television series Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser for most of the show's thirty year run. Davis has owned a variety of high performance cars, including several vintage Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes, and a deTomaso Pantera.

2019 Speakers

Speaker by last name: A-D, E-H, I-L, M-P, Q-T, U-W, X-Z

Alex Adams | Senior Environmental Program Manager, Maritime Environment and Sustainability, Port of Seattle

Alex Adams

Charlotte Argue | Senior Manager, Fleet Electrification, Geotab

Charlotte Argue

Dan Avery | Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy

Dan Avery

Jeremy Baines | Vice President of Sales, Americas, Neste

Jeremy Baines

Mike Bains | Manager, Regulatory and Commercial Development, FortisBC Energy Utilities

Mike Bains

Elise Benoit | Vice President, Marketing, eMotorWerks

Elise Benoit

Sarah Booth | Director of Operations, Sawatch Labs

Sarah Booth

Tammie Bostick | Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities Coalition; Vice President of Communications, Transportation Energy Partners

Tammie Bostick

She presents locally and nationally on the future of transportation and climate communication with actionable steps for fleets that include advanced fuels and visionary thinking. Tammie is a Utah native and a graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in organizational communications. Her life experiences have helped deepen her commitment to preserving the delicate balance of Utah's beautiful landscape and abundant resources with advanced, state-side clean energy and fuels that are economically and ecologically sound, ideally renewable, and ultimately sustainable. She lives and works in Salt Lake City near her family and enjoys the splendor of Utah's natural space, and disappears to her off-grid mountain cabin as often as she can. Tammie joined Utah Clean Cities in 2015 and considers it a dream job of collaborative work-thinking globally and acting locally in a world where everyone is an ally.

Don Bray | Director of Account Services & Community Relations, Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Don Bray

Projects included workplace and destination electric vehicle charging infrastructure, regional power quality monitoring, distributed energy storage and community-based renewable energy programs. Don's private sector background includes 22 years with Accenture. As a Managing Partner, he was instrumental in building and leading the firm's business systems integration consulting practice in Silicon Valley. Don received an MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University, and BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis.

Rex Brown | Administrative Director, Business Diversity Subcabinet, Department of Enterprise Services

Rex Brown

Rex earned a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in Massachusetts in 2007, and worked in the legal field before choosing a career in state government. Upon completion of his service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Rex received a citation from the governor recognizing his dedicated service and his reputation for effectiveness and achievement. In his spare time, Rex enjoys volunteering with community LGBT groups, as well as the Boston College Law School / Black Alumni Network and served as its president from 2009–2012. When he is not reading comic books or biographies, Rex spends his weekend travelling about WA tasting new and different wines.

Tonia Buell | Project Development Manager, Innovative Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation

Tonia Buell

Tony Cademarti | Fleet Program Manager, Transportation Services, City of Everett

Tony Cademarti

Morgan Caswell | Environmental Specialist, Port of Long Beach

Morgan Caswell

Barb Chamberlain | Director - Active Transportation Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Barb Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain | Fleet Services Manager, Clark Public Utilities

Paul Chamberlain

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

Michael Coates

Other public relations and marketing experience includes work with high-tech companies in the Internet, telecommunications, and advanced technology sectors, working with major national public relations agencies, boutique firms and independently. He currently serves on the board of Western Automotive Journalists, a San Francisco Bay Area group of automotive writers.

Jennifer Collins Ramos | Account Executive, Tacoma Public Utilities

Jennifer Collins Ramos

With over 12 years of call center supervisory experience, Jen joined Tacoma Public Utilities in July 2016 to develop and manage a new group of customer service representatives focused on serving business customers, named the Business Solutions Office. After successfully establishing the new group, she became a Senior Account Executive leading the utilities' strategy for the small and mid-sized business customer segment. She looks forward to collaborating at the Green Transportation Summit, and finding new approaches to our ongoing environmental challenges.

Wendy Dafoe | Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Wendy Dafoe

Wendy Dafoe serves as the Technology Integration project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Wendy works closely with the NREL team and the U.S. Department of Energy program staff to identify information needs and execute projects that advance the Technology Integration mission. In 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for 15 years of outstanding service to Clean Cities.

Gary Dannar | Founder & 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.

Shae Davies | Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent, City of Portland - Office of Management and Finance

Born in Seattle and raised in the Puget Sound area, at 19 I got into a fight with my dad. In order to really make him angry I dropped out of the University of Washington's pre-law program with the threat of becoming a race car or long haul truck driver. After changing to a community college automotive technology program I became a mechanic. I spent 21 years in the Fleet Management Division with the City of Seattle. I began my career as a mechanic apprentice for four years, then after becoming a journey-women mechanic I worked almost exclusively on the Harley-Davidson fleet for the Seattle Police Traffic Division. In 2010 I was promoted to a first line supervisor and eventually a shop operations supervisor. During the summer of 2018 I moved down to Oregon and now work in CityFleet for the City of Portland as the Fleet Maintenance Superintendent. My dad is no longer unhappy with my life choices.

Eva DeCesaro | Electric Transportation Program Manager, Pacific Power

Eva is the Electric Transportation Project Manager at Pacific Power where she implements innovative transportation electrification programs across California, Oregon, and Washington. To pave the way for more electric cars on the road she focuses on customer outreach and education. She also administers the Electric Vehicle Charging Grants, which fund customer driven charging infrastructure projects. The program is designed to enable a wide range of partnerships and projects, gather data, test innovative technologies, and serve under-represented communities.

Dave Edwards, PhD | Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide

Dave is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal and external partnerships with industry, academia, and government entities as needed to advance the technology and business opportunities in Hydrogen Energy for Air Liquide in the US. Dave has more than 20 years with Air Liquide in R&D and Hydrogen Business roles. with responsibilities for Air Liquide's investment and project efforts in California and other regions in US driving towards the adoption of Hydrogen Energy in the transportation and power sectors. He has established R&D programs and executed development strategies in areas of cryogenic air separation, rotating machinery, syngas production, energy, and process engineering and has led hydrogen technology programs in solid state storage, MOF materials, high pressure carbon fiber vessel designs, steam methane reformer catalysis development, high temperature SMR tube development, and small scale hydrogen production systems.

Todd Ellis | Executive Director of Sales, Western Region & Canada, Renewable Energy Group

Todd Ellis Executive Director Sales- Western Region and Canada for Renewable Energy Group (REG). Mr. Ellis oversees all strategic planning and sale responsibilities for the US West and Canada including downstream integration and infrastructure developments. For more than fourteen years, Mr. Ellis has been a leader in sustainable business and economic development for leading biofuels companies. He has worked with federal, state and provincial government policy makers on a range of issues affecting biofuels policies and market incentives that have created strong market demand for biomass based diesel. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advanced Biofuels Canada.

Gary Fanger | Chief Executive Officer, President, Cynergy Solutions

Gary Fanger

Eric Foellmer | Director of Marketing, XL

Eric Foellmer

John Gerra | Director of Business Development, BYD

Joshua Goldman | VP Sales and Marketing, TransPower

John Gonzales | Senior Engineer, Advanced Vehicle Deployment National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

John Gonzales

Michael Grainey | Principal, Michael Grainey, Consulting LLC

Rita Hansen | CEO, OnBoard Dynamics, Inc.  

Jennifer Harper | Project Manager - Evita, Energy Northwest

Matt Hart | COO, Grant Farm

Zach Henkin | Deputy Director, Forth

Zach Henkin

Jim Jensen | Senior Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University

Jim Jensen

Ron Johnston-Rodriguez | President, Drive Electric Washington

Ron Johnston-Rodriguez

James Kast | Fuel Cell Business Analyst, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Toyota Motor North America

James Kast

Denise Kearns | Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Denise Kearns

Craig Kenworthy | Executive Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Craig Kenworthy

Chris Kroeker | NGV Product Manager, NW Natural

Chris Kroeker

Kevin Kuper | Manager, Finished Products, PNW Region, SeQuential

Ryan Lamberg

Ryan Lamberg | Consultant, National Biodiesel Board

Ryan Lamberg

Robert Leamy | CTO, Renu.Solutions

Robert Leamy

Laura Leebrick | Community & Governmental Affairs Manager, Rogue Waste, Inc.

Laura Leebrick

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

Jaime Lemus | Acting Division Manager - Transportation and Climate Change Division, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Jaime Lemus

He continued his student intern research at the California Air Resources Board studying the correlation between respiratory illnesses, air pollution and environmental degradation until 2001 upon joining the Sac Metro Air District in the Stationary Source Division. Jaime holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Native American History, University of California, Davis and Environmental Studies, California State University, Sacramento.

Gary Lentsch, CAFM | Fleet Services, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Gary Lentsch

Suzanne Loosen | Zero Emission Vehicle Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Suzanne Loosen

John Littler | Western US Business Development Manager, GovDeals Surplus Auctions

John Littler

Linda Lyshall | Climate Policy Specialist, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Mike MacComiskey | Government Sales Manager, GPS Insight

Alan Mace | HD Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems

Alan Mace

Keith Malone | Public Affairs, California Fuel Cell Partnership

Heather L. Manuel | Director of Corporate Communications, Gevo, Inc.

Ernesto Martinez | Treasurer, Greater Sacramento Regional Clean Air Coalition

James Mast | Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Chargeway

Penny McDaniel | Director, U.S.-China Green Ports and Vessels Initiative, Lead, West Coast Collaborative & DERA, US EPA Region 9

Paul Menig | CEO, Tech-I-M

Paul Menig

Always approaching development from a holistic business sense, and with the total system in mind, his teams introduced numerous products, including automated mechanical transmissions, electronic braking, radar collision warning, electronic engine controls, telematics, driver instrumentation, vehicle power management, multiplexed electronic controls and diesel-electric hybrids. In addition, those team learned to continuously improve engineering processes, decrease product and assembly costs, and improve the reliability of systems in the field. His experience includes 15 years with Eaton developing new products and growing business for industrial automation, military systems and trucking. Paul's career started at General Electric in military products and medical systems after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Leah Michaelsen | Events, Communication, and Outreach Specialist, City of Tacoma's Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability

Joel Miller | Bike Share Program Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation

Joel Miller

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

Peter Moulton

William Needles | Sales & Public Safety Director, Stealth Power

William Needles

Nick Nigro | Founder, Atlas Public Policy

Nick Nigro

Before creating Atlas in early 2015, Nick was the Senior Manager of Transportation Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, where he developed C2ES's strategy to save oil and reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector. He led two multi-year initiatives focused on innovative business models and state policy frameworks to accelerate the deployment low-carbon vehicles. While at C2ES, Nick wrote 14 reports on private finance, electric vehicles, lifecycle emissions from vehicle and fuels, federal transportation legislation, ridesharing, and related topics. He also managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation. In a prior life, Nick spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in under four years, and led projects with the largest impact on company revenue. While at Oasis, Nick developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery. Nick holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Matt O'Leary | CEO, Motiv Power Systems

William Needles

Prior to that he served as Chief Engineer, F150/Expedition/Navigator and was responsible for the highly successful, all-new 2009 F150, which won numerous awards including Motor Trend Truck of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, Truck of Texas, JD Power Initial Quality, and Consumer Reports Recommended Buy. Matt began his career in Truck Operations in 1977 where he held various engineering, planning, and program management positions. In 1992, he was named Vehicle Engineering Manager in Electric Vehicles, and then took his first international assignment as Chief Program Engineer for Light Truck Programs in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Following that, Matt went to Purchasing as Strategic Planning Manager, and then moved to Europe to become Central Europe Procurement Director. He returned to the U.S. in 1999 as the Truck Vehicle Line Director for Asia-Pacific, and then was appointed the Ranger Chief Engineer in August, 2002. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan - Dearborn in 1977, and a Master of Science in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.

Fred Patricio | Project Manager, Port of Long Beach

Fred Patricio

Michael Penev | Sr. Transportation Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Michael Penev

Karl Pepple | U.S. EPA Region 10

Karl Pepple

David Pope | Government Sales Manager, Western Region, GPS Insight

David Pope

Andrea Pratt | Climate & Transportation Policy Advisor, City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment

Andrea Pratt

Lauren Reichelt | Clean Transportation Lead, Blue Planet Foundation & Coordinator, Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii

Lauren Reichelt

Travis Ridgeway | North Washington Region Manager, Weyerhaeuser

Travis Ridgeway

Philip Saunders | Green Fleet Program Manager, City of Seattle

Philip Saunders

Philip is a retired military warrant officer with 20 years as an Army logistician and contracting officer where he managed an array of contracts in logistical related services. Philip holds a bachelor's in Business Administration and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Demonstrated Senior Logistician, and Master Certified Food Executive. He also currently serves as an appointed mentorship committee member for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Jon Scharingson | Director of Sales & Marketing, Renewable Energy Group

Jon Scharingson

Gabriel Scheer | Senior Director of Strategic Partnership & Special Projects, Lime

Gabriel Scheer

Bryan Schiedler | Linn-Benton Community College, Advanced Vehicle Training Group NW

Bryan Schiedler

Lauren Skiver | CEO, Sunline Transit Agency

Lauren Skiver

Daniel Simounet | VP, Transportation Sector, Americas Region, ABB Inc.

Christina Suarez | Autogas Fleet Specialist, Blue Star Gas Seattle Co.

Christina Suarez

Natalia Swalnick | Director of Electric Vehicle and Smart Mobility Programs, Electrification Coalition

Natalia Swalnick

Sarah Sweet | Conservation Program Coordinator, Tacoma Power

Sarah Sweet

Kenji Tabery | Product Marketing Specialist, Paired Power

Kenji Tabery

Tim Taylor | Executive Director, Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition

Tim Taylor

Matt Teske | Founder/CEO, Chargeway

Matt Teske

Dr. Pete Thimmaiah | Transportation Analyst, Plug In BC

Pete Thimmaiah

Mike Usen | Senior Transportation and Environmental Planner, DKS Associates

Mike Usen

Albert Venezio | Chairman, ICOM North America

Albert Venezio

Rick Wallace | Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy

Rick Wallace

David Warren | Director of Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer

David Warren

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