Forth’s Executive Director, Jeff Allen will be joined by industry leaders to recap the top transportation electrification innovations of 2022 and to give key insights into what’s to come in 2023.
2022 was a big year for the electric transportation industry as more consumers either made the switch to EVs and auto manufacturers stepped up their commitments to producing more vehicles. Increased gas prices and the perils of fossil fuel dependence were brought to light as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We look back at the year and toward the future to establish the work that needs to be done to further advance the EV industry in the coming years.
Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Forth
Jeff has served as Executive Director of Forth since December 2011. He previously served as Executive Director of the Oregon Environmental Council and worked as an organizational development consultant to several nonprofit organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan.
Garrett Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Electrification, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Garrett joined SEPA in 2021 as Principal, Electrification. He leads SEPAs work focused on the beneficial electrification of transportation and buildings. Garrett collaborates with the other SEPA pathway teams to help utilities and other stakeholders navigate a smooth transition to a highly electrified and low-carbon future. Prior to joining SEPA, Garrett spent 8 years working at Rocky Mountain Institute. While at RMI, he built and led the electricity program in India that works to accelerate the integration of electric vehicles and clean energy portfolios. During his tenure at RMI, Garrett managed the Fleet Electrification program, co-led the EV-Grid initiative, and was deeply engaged in work related to energy storage, distributed solar, and load flexibility. He has extensive expertise in technical and business model aspects of EV charging infrastructure, EV-specific tariff design, energy storage, and demand side flexibility. Garrett holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a MS and Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. Garrett is passionate about the environment and is an enthusiastic snowboarder, mountain biker, and general lover of the outdoors. He resides in the small town of Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Amy and his toddler son Noah.
Steve Koerner, Vice President of Policy, bp pulse
Steve brings two decades of energy policy experience to bp pulse, including six years on Capitol Hill and a dozen years as a lobbyist at the state and federal levels for solar, storage, and EV charging interests. Prior to joining the company, he was a consultant to several leaders in the EV space, including the Zero Emissions Transportation Association, EVBox, EV Connect, and VinFast.
Leslie Hayward, Policy Communications Manager, Rivian
Leslie Hayward is Manager of Policy Communications at Rivian Automotive, where she leads media relations, messaging strategy, and grassroots outreach for the Public Policy team. Leslie has over a decade of experience in transportation electrification policy and oil market analysis. Prior to joining Rivian, she was Director of Business and Content Development for Rapidan Energy Group, a research and advisory firm specializing in geopolitical and energy policy analysis, and Vice President of Communications at SAFE and the Electrification Coalition. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University, where she studied Environmental Science and International Relations. She is a lover of the outdoors and lives in the DC area with her family.