An Industry Forum Powered by CDA

Tuesday, Dec. 11

National Press Club

Washington, D.C.


Panel 1 | EV Policy: Advancing Green Energy Technology
Alliance to Save Energy
Jason Hartke, President

Hartke oversees the Alliance to Save Energy’s bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders committed to achieving economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
David Livingston, Deputy Director

Livingston leads the Atlantic Council’s climate and advanced energy initiatives. Previously, he served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peach and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics in the Office of the US Trade Representative.

BMW Group
Guillermo Areas, Head of Government and External Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean

Areas has over 25 years of professional experience working in the Latin American region at the intersection of government and business. During this time he has held positions of progressive responsibility with renowned companies such as Bayer, DHL and currently with BMW Group as Head of Government and External Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Maryland Public Service Commission
Amanda Best, Senior Commission Advisor

Best provides assistance to the Commissioners of the Maryland Public Service Commission on a variety of issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear energy and electric vehicles.

National Association for State Energy Officials
David Terry, Executive Director

Terry leads NASEO’s programs in support of the nation’s 56 Governor-designated State and Territory Energy Directors and their offices. The organization communicates the states’ views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity and natural gas policy, building-grid integration, energy efficiency financing, renewable energy development, utility-scale storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and more. 

Panel 2 | Going the Distance: Innovations in the EV Market
Lisa Jerram
American Public Transportation Association
Lisa Jerram, Director of Bus, Paratransit and Surface Transit

With more than 20 years of experience researching, analyzing and advocating for sustainable transportation technologies and systems, Jerram’s work has supported development of a wide range of clean technologies and systems. 

Edison Electric Institute
Kellen Schefter, Senior Manager of Sustainable Technology

At EEI, Schefter leads EEI’s transportation electrification efforts, including policy advocacy, business model development, and cross-industry coordination. He previously worked at plug-in electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive, and prior to that, the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy Storage Association
Marissa Gillett, Vice President

Gillett provides strategic vision and leadership of the Energy Storage Association’s overall brand as well as the research, educational programming and events, marketing, and communications teams.

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National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Steve Griffith, Industry Director Transportation Systems Division

Griffith manages NEMA’s areas of focus including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, and Industrial Imaging & Communications. His work leads and defines common approaches to standardization, guidelines and architecture development.

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Southern Company
Darren Epps, Product Development

Epps oversees Southern Company’s electric transportation efforts and develops innovative products and services to develop the market and accelerate the transition to electric mobility.

Christopher Michelbacher, EV Charging & Infrastructure Manager

As EV Charging and Infrastructure Manager, Michelbacher is responsible for developing and managing electric vehicle charging equipment and supporting infrastructure that enables Audi customers to easily charge at home and on the highway.  He also manages charging equipment and programs for Audi dealers and Audi corporate properties. 

Electrify America
Wayne Killen

Killen leads Electrify America’s strategic planning and business development for charging infrastructure, the largest component of the $2B, 10 year ZEV Investment Commitment that targets increasing electric vehicle adoption in the United States.