Amy is the Vice President of Sales at OpConnect. Amy works with private and public organizations to maximize public, private, fleet and workplace electric vehicle charging options. Previously, Amy worked with ECOtality and Sustainable Industries. She currently serves as board chair for Forth and participates on other sustainability and community-related boards. Amy holds an MBA from PresidioGraduate School (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute).
Tim is the CEO of Enhabit, a non-profit that has helped over 6,000 families improve their homes. In addition to serving on the Forth Board, Tim serves as Board President of Climate Solutions, the Northwest’s leading climate policy and advocacy organization. Tim earned both his MBA and BA from Stanford University.
Charlie Allcock served as business development director at Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest utility. Active in transportation electrification since 2008, Charlie is a recognized national leader on charging stations, electric cars, buses and trucks, He is a frequent speaker at smart mobility conferences.
Sean serves as the President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 46, in Kent, WA. Sean also serves as a Labor Trustee for the Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (PSEJATC) located in Renton, WA.
Mr. Bagsby has been involved with several local and regional renewable energy and sustainability organizations and has been an active member of the Greater Seattle Community for over 20 years. Since 2009, Sean has served as the President of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) Seattle Chapter. He is an appointed P.C.O. with the 47th L.D., and a Founding Member of the organization Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion (DDI).
Sean is the alternative energy director at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Patti is a program specialist at Idaho Power and currently coordinates the company’s strategic transportation electrification efforts. Prior to joining Idaho Power, Patti worked for the state of Idaho where she helped advance alternative transportation fuels and worked to secure the Boise area’s Clean
Cities designation. Patti holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and M.S. from the University of Colorado.
Ben Farrow is the manager of product development at Puget Sound Energy. Ben currently leads PSE’s strategy and product development to diversify customer offerings in new energy technologies, including electric transportation, renewable energy, and distributed resources. He currently serves on the Board of Forth, and on the advisory committee for the Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition.
Leslie D. Kilgore, MPA, MSME is the Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Thomas Built Buses. She is responsible for leading the engineering operations from ideation concept design to full production across all product lines. She adds to the Thomas Built Bus team extensive global experience from both automotive and the aerospace/defense industries in product design, development, launch, innovation and technology insertion and program management. She has specializations in vehicle interior design and integration, product safety and compliance, and public policy.
Wayne Killen is a Senior Advisor to the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office and provides business development focused on vehicle OEMs and their supply chains, charging companies and other related segments eligible for the nearly $18B Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program. These low interest rate loans are designed to spearhead further U.S. investment in advanced vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and fortify the global standing of American innovation and the clean tech/transportation value chain. Previously, Wayne was the Director of Charging Infrastructure Planning & Business Development at Electrify America after working as an Electric Vehicle Architect for Audi of America, a role designed to prepare Audi for the electric age from headquarters’ readiness through dealer network, marketing and charging infrastructure. Killen has over 30 years of experience with American, Asian and European car companies in various product planning, portfolio strategy, and product launch roles.
Karen Laughlin is a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation where she leads on transportation and federal planning. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Karen has served in government and the non-profit sector on climate, transportation, and clean energy policy. As a senior analyst at Climate Policy Initiative, she jointly led the U.S. Program to analyze and recommend policies to lower the costs of low-carbon economy transition. She has served as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality focused on biofuels regulation and led the office’s international transportation team. She earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University and holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from Duke University.
Tim McMahan is a partner practicing in the areas of energy, land use, real estate development, environmental and municipal law. His principal office is in Portland, Oregon. Tim has extensive experience in representing energy facility developers, property owners and municipal clients in Washington and Oregon. Tim focuses his practice on leading interdisciplinary teams advocating for and defending energy facilities and other major infrastructure projects facing opposition. Tim chairs Stoel Rives’ Climate Change Practice Initiative.
Maurice K. Muia hails from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. His passion for sound clean energy policy is shaped from his experiences in the Caribbean and Missouri. He has worked throughout the State of Missouri for numerous electric utilities as a power systems electrical engineer. Currently, he advises the City of Saint Louis on innovative building code solutions such as Solar Ready and EV Ready. Recently, Maurice was elected as a Councilman in Richmond Heights, MO. He stands for equity and service for all in his professional career and most importantly his constituents in the City of Richmond Heights.
Nick Nigro is the founder of Atlas Public Policy and has led Atlas as the company has become a respected voice in the public policy field. Nick has nearly 20 years of experience managing teams of various disciplines and sizes with a focus on innovation and value creation. He is a nationally known expert on climate change policy, transportation electrification, and the greater use of data in policy analysis. 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.
Román is the Environmental Equity Legal Counsel with The Greenlining Institute. He works to ensure that lower-income communities of color have a seat at the table and see direct benefits from climate investments to help improve air quality and economic opportunities within their communities.
James is marketing manager for the Automotive and Aerospace Sectors at Mentor, a Siemens Business in Wilsonville, OR. James has been at Mentor for over 16 years, the first five years in the UK. Previously, James worked at BAE Systems and DCS, both in the UK. Mentor specializes in design software for electrical and electronics, most EV manufacturers use their tools for designing their electrical systems.
Paul is the Director, Global Transportation Initiatives for Black & Veatch’s Growth Accelerator where he builds ecosystems needed to plan, finance, deploy and operate sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy infrastructure at scale. He advises and leads teams supporting investors, utilities, fleets, and energy and transportation providers to electrify and automate ground, aviation and marine fleets. Previously, Paul was a Director at EV Grid, where he led Vehicle Grid Integration and Storage roadmaps with California Energy Commission, California PUC filings, National Institute of Standards and Technology on EV fueling and participated in the CA Governor’s ZEV Action Plan.
Jessica Vega Pederson serves on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Before being elected to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, Jessica served as a state representative in the Oregon legislature where she was the first Latina elected to the House. In the legislature, Jessica fought for issues impacting working families such as paid sick time and pay equity to improve the lives of working Oregonians. As chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, she championed the renewal of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of a bill to remove coal from Oregon's energy mix. As a County Commissioner, Jessica chaired the Preschool for All Task Force and spearheaded the effort to build a quality, universal preschool in Multnomah County and fought for its passage on the November 2020 ballot. She also represents the County at various regional transportation tables and has championed the County’s efforts to combat climate change and build a just renewable energy economy. Jessica serves on the boards of the Portland Children's Levy, Forth, and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. She lives in east Portland with her husband and two children.
Pia Wilson-Body is the President of the Intel Foundation and Director of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Impact. She oversees the Foundation’s approach for achieving impact in alignment with realizing and achieving Intel’s mission and goals. Ms. Wilson-Body holds a bachelor’s in Economics from historic Spelman College. She recently was appointed to the Oregon Future’s Commission. In addition, she currently serves on the numerous boards, including YWCA USA Board of Directors, Council of Foundations, Chair, Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership Board and Oregon Futures Commission.