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.
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.
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.
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.
La Stanja “Stani” Baker serves as Regional Director, Government Affairs at Toyota. She has been with Toyota for 32 years and works to develop Toyota's public policy positions and political strategy to reduce costs and legislative/regulatory impacts on business plans and operations. La Stanja currently manages Toyota’s contract lobbyists in the West, providing leadership in enhancing Toyota’s visibility, recognition, and relationships in State Capitals. Additionally, La Stanja has developed expertise in public policy relating to hydrogen vehicle incentives and fueling infrastructure. La Stanja also sits on the Boards of the California International Relations Foundation, 24th Street Theater and RHA (Regional Hydrogen Alliance).
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 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.
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.
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.
Erika Myers is the Acting Director of Global E-Mobility at World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. At WRI, she leads the electric mobility team’s research and implementation efforts in coordination with 10 international offices to decarbonize transportation through vehicle electrification and sustainable mobility, particularly in developing countries. 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.