Patti is a Senior 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 secure the Boise area’s Clean Cities designation. She is now a Treasure Valley Clean Cities Board member. Patti holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and M.S. from the University of Colorado.
Ben Farrow brings 25 years of experience focused on decarbonizing the energy sector. Over that period, he held a variety of management roles at The RETEC Group (now part of AECOM) and Puget Sound Energy focused on renewable energy and electric transportation, including extensive work in business strategy, project development, policy, and regulatory work to drive innovation and change in energy generation and use. In addition to his work in energy, he has also founded several outdoors-focused companies. Ben holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton University.
As Senior Legal Counsel of Transportation Equity, Román Partida-López leads The Greenlining Institute's mobility and transportation electrification work. He advocates for legislative and regulatory laws that improve access, affordability and lasting socio-economic and environmental benefits for low-income communities of color. He focuses on advancing equitable policies and programs that deliver clean air, zero-emission mobility options and workforce opportunities for our most impacted communities.
La Stanja “Stani” Baker has represented multinational, multibillion-dollar vehicle manufacturers for over three decades, responsible for providing corporate representation before state legislatures, government agencies, political associations, industry trade groups, and other organizations in the Western United States. Stani has deep experience developing public policy positions and political strategy to reduce costs and legislative/regulatory impacts on business plans and operations. Additionally, Stani has managed contract lobbyists in the West, providing leadership to enhance organizational visibility, recognition, and relationships in State Capitals. She is often relied upon to create and implement best-in-class strategies/programs. In addition to the Forth Mobility Fund, Stani sits on the Boards of RHA (Renewable Hydrogen Alliance) and the 24th Street Theater.
Jenifer Bosco is the managing attorney of the Energy & Utilities Unit at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC). NCLC is a non-profit law and policy advocacy organization that works for economic justice for low-income and other under-resourced people in the U.S. through policy analysis and advocacy, publications, litigation, and training. She has advocated for low-income consumers in several states, on a range of issues including utility affordability programs, transportation electrification, building electrification, and competitive energy supply. She is a contributing author of NCLC’s treatises, Access to Utility Service and Collection Actions, and is a co-author of Advancing Equity in Utility Regulation and The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Jen is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Boston College.
Leslie D. Best, MPA, MSME is Managing Partner at The Best Group, LLC an engineering consulting firm focused on light and medium-duty clean transportation. Focused on supporting organizations in driving their sustainable product development roadmaps, marketplace execution including end-to-end ecosystems, and providing practical technical insight into the myriad of issues arising during the technical development and execution stages. She brings to The Best Group extensive global experience from both automotive and the aerospace/defense industries in product design, development, launch, innovation, technology insertion and program management. She has specializations in consumer products, light-duty and commercial vehicle interior design and integration, product safety and compliance and public policy.
Pam is co-owner/principal of Impact Energy, a certified Black women-owned energy services company that focuses on energy efficiency project implementation and workforce development. She is also the Founder and CEO of Integrated Solutions, consulting company that develops frameworks to implement a diversity, inclusion and integration successfully and sustainably within organizations. Pam has a degree in Marketing, a certification in Human Resource Management, and is a Certified Cultural Diversity Professional and Trainer (CDP, CDT).
Jana Gastellum is the Executive Director of Oregon Environmental Council, a statewide nonprofit specializing in championing equitable, innovative and collaborative solutions to environmental challenges. She has two decades of experience building coalitions and passing ambitious policies that cut climate pollution and advance transportation electrification, amongst other wins. As OEC’s leader, she also advocates for toxics reduction, water security, and health and worker protections under a changing climate. She serves on state advisory bodies. Jana is regarded for her collaborative style, thought leadership, and problem-solving. She holds a M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems, an interdisciplinary program at Stanford University.
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 at Blink Charging, ECOtality and Sustainable Industries. She currently serves as board chair for Forth and participates on other sustainability and community-related boards, including Oregon Youth Ultimate. Amy holds an MBA from PresidioGraduate School, formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Wayne Killen is a contracted Senior Consultant to the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office in an outreach and business development role focused on the mobility sector (car through heavy-duty truck, aircraft, marine and rail) and their supply chains, charging companies and other related segments eligible for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing or Title 17 deployment loan programs. This debt financing is 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 while building up the clean tech/transportation value chain. Previously, Wayne was the Director of Charging Infrastructure Planning & Business Development, as well as a founding employee at Electrify America. Wayne's electric vehicle focus began in 2012 at Audi of America and evolved into establishing Audi ONE, a new corporate strategy and operational unit designed to prepare the premium car maker for the electric age with tailored sales, service, marketing and charging infrastructure support. Wayne has over 30 years of experience with American, Asian and European car companies in various product planning, portfolio strategy and product launch roles.
John has served as TREC’s sustainable transportation program manager since 2009 and has recently led projects focused on new mobility, emerging technologies, electric vehicles, equity of bicycle-sharing programs and responses to climate change and disasters. Before joining TREC, John was the Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. His primary areas of interest are transportation equity and sustainability. John is a national expert on electric bicycles (e-bikes) and e-mobility, with particular focus on understanding the potential for e-bikes to address mobility needs. Findings from this research have been used in policy discussions at the local, regional, state and federal level. He co-founded the Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Institute and is the co-chair of the SAE Powered Micromobility Committee. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Terea Macomber is the Director of Clean Mobility Programs at GRID Alternatives and Adjunct Professor at Presidio Graduate School. Terea is committed to creating sustainable energy futures embedded in equity and justice and works to challenge the norms of our urban landscape.
As she leads the just transition of decarbonizing mobility, Terea leverages her position to remind stakeholders to use this moment for transforming our transportation system so that everyone’s movement is safe, inclusive and equitable.
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.
Tim brings over 30 years of management and senior leadership experience to his role on the Forth Board. His experience spans manufacturing and operations, marketing, sales, and general management in sectors ranging from low-tech manufacturing, high-tech (Intel), internet businesses, and includes launching an electric vehicle start-up. He now works with several non-profit organizations focused on equitable policy solutions to climate change. He previously served as the CEO of Enhabit, a non-profit that helped over 6,000 families improve the energy efficiency and health of their homes. Tim also serves on the Board of Climate Solutions, the Northwest’s leading climate policy and advocacy organization. He earned his MBA and BA, both with honors, from Stanford University.
John Morris is the Director of Business Development at Cadmus. John works to increase Cadmus' portfolio of electric transportation work across the utility and government sectors. John has worked with utilities in the electric transportation sector since 2014. John delivers electric vehicle educational courses to utilities across the United States. John received his MA from Portland State University in 2003.
Prior to founding Muia Materials, Maurice spent a decade as a power systems engineer for electric utilities and renewable energy engineering companies in the continental United States and the Caribbean region. As an electrical engineer with materials science experience, he engineered some of the most complex electrical systems for transmission renewable energy facilities and substations. His natural attention to detail delivered NERC CIP facilities for the Bulk Electric System on time with improved electric service for millions of people across the country. Maurice’s understanding of climate and infrastructure policies has made him a sought-after expert in the burgeoning green grid sector. He has been featured in USA Today, St. Louis Post Dispatch and Bloomberg. Maurice has advised major EV manufacturers, power grid equipment suppliers and energy providers on accelerating to a sustainable energy future.
Erika Myers is the Executive Director of CharIN North America. CharIN - The Charging Interface Initiative - is a leading global charging technology association dedicated to accelerating the EV transition through the adoption of universal open and interoperable charging standards. CharIN members comprise leading automotive manufacturers, charging-station companies, component suppliers, energy providers and grid operators amongst others. Previously, Erika was the Director of Global eMobility for the World Resources Institute (WRI) in the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the Principal of Transportation Electrification for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and an alternative fuels and clean energy consultant with ICF International. Over the course of her two-decade career in clean energy and alternative transportation, Erika has received numerous awards, including the 2022 Remarkable Women in Transport by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and a 2021 Top Woman in Electric Vehicles for Policy & Advocacy by DriveElectric. Her professional background gives her a unique perspective on the opportunity to leverage renewable energy and electric vehicle charging to reduce emissions through the widespread deployment of vehicle-grid integration.
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.
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.