Through the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge, cities are doubling down on their efforts to increase their focus on newer strategies like transportation electrification.
Erin Galiger, Program Manager at Forth, Mike Salisbury, Transportation Energy Lead at the City of Denver, Dory Larsen, EV Program Coordinator at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
and Carla Walker, Climate Advisor, City of Cincinnati at Natural Resources Defense Council will highlight the unique roles cities play in advancing transportation electrification.
Erin Galiger, Program Manager at Forth
Erin leads pilot programs and is a charging infrastructure subject matter expert. Her background is as a Product Manager for charging infrastructure product lines, including the development and deployment of high power chargers. Erin grew up in Chicago and received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver.
Mike Salisbury, Transportation Energy Lead at the City of Denver
Mike started at the City and County of Denver as their Transportation Energy Lead in February of 2018; His focus is on promoting electric vehicles in all aspects of Denver's work both within City operations and among the general public. Initiatives underway in Denver include: expanding publicly available charging stations on City and private properties, electrifying rideshare vehicles, electrifying carshare vehicles and meeting the goal of 200 EVs in the City fleet by 2020.
Mike began working in the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project's Transportation program as a Program Associate in early 2009. In 2008, Mike received a Masters' degree from the University of Delaware's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.
Dory Larsen, EV Program Coordinator at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Dory is the Electric Vehicle Program Coordinator with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. She is working to accelerate transportation electrification by developing and advocating for municipal and state policies and reforms that promote the growth of electric vehicles. Central to her work is educating and engaging stakeholders, identifying strategic policy to propel EV usage, and advocating for comprehensive EV solutions. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Drive Electric Florida. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Master of Public Health degree and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Southern College.
Carla Walker, Climate Advisor, City of Cincinnati at Natural Resources Defense Council
Carla Walker has spearheaded large-scale civic engagement and public service initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels for the last two decades. Having served in three Mayoral Administrations for the city of Cincinnati, her fingerprints are on many major projects that define the city’s renaissance including it's climate change initiatives. In 2008, she helped develop the city’s inaugural Climate Action Plan. In 2017, she served as facilitator and strategist for the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan. She currently serves as the Climate Advisor for Cincinnati and leads the city’s work creating an energy efficiency program for low-income families living in multi-family structures, public education initiatives on electric vehicles, and building out the city’s EV charging infrastructure. She holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati, an MS from the University of Florida and an MPA from Harvard.