Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Forth
Jeff has served as Executive Director of Forth since 2011. He is a highly regarded expert on transportation electrification with a passion for bringing diverse stakeholders together, finding creative solutions to vexing challenges and building strong teams. Jeff previously served as Executive Director and organizational development consultant for multiple nonprofit conservation 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.
Katie Robinson, Vice President of Programs and Operations, Electrification Coalition
Katie Lineweaver Robinson is the vice president of programs and operations at the Electrification Coalition. In her position, she is responsible for developing and implementing programmatic and municipal strategies to leverage electrification efforts. Katie collaborates with public, private, philanthropic, and non-profit partners to coordinate the efficient execution of electric vehicle and charging station deployment. In this role, she has supported 25 cities with deep technical support, developed transportation electrification roadmaps for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and raised millions of dollars to support EV programming. Prior to her work at the EC, Katie served as the director of the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability. Among her accomplishments in this role, she led the City’s first sustainability and resilience strategic plan, Thrive Indianapolis. For this, she successfully developed an aggressive stakeholder engagement strategy focused on the hardest-to-reach populations and reached a record-breaking 265,000 people. She also led the “It’s My City” initiative, a three-year, $5 million effort to make the City of Indianapolis cleaner, greener, and more beautiful. She is a government relations and development expert with a proven ability to build consensus, forge strategic alliances, and influence decision-making, all while ensuring details are managed. She brings experience in economic development, government relations, sustainability and resilience, public policy, fundraising, and disaster mitigation planning. Katie thoroughly understands how cities operate and what it takes to complete projects successfully.
Tim Skrotzki, Associate Director Strategic Consulting, Elevate
Tim Skrotzki is the Associate Director Strategic Consulting for Elevate a nonprofit dedicated to promoting smarter energy use for all by working to transform the energy system into one that is cleaner, more inclusive, and equitable. Tim’s role is managing Elevate’s strategic engagement team in Michigan through collaboration with Michigan Energy Options by designing and delivering sustainable and equitable programs customized to lift disadvantaged communities and underserved markets. Tim is currently working as part of the Detroit Preservation Partnership preserving affordable housing through green asset management planning and deploying solar plus storage technology for community resiliency hubs. Publications include evaluating energy burden for low income families in Michigan and the Detroit Solar Tool Kit. Tim was awarded 2020 Most Valuable Professional by Corp! Magazine and is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Leadership Advancement Program.
Dedrick Roper, Partner, eMobility Advisors
For more than 15 years, Dedrick Roper has worked to advance transportation electrification through car sharing, bike sharing, and infrastructure. His efforts have helped accelerate transportation electrification across corridors, multifamily properties, ports, workplaces, and more while leading Public Private Partnerships at ChargePoint. Prior to ChargePoint, he spent three years with the nonprofit City CarShare (acquired by Getaround) where he spearheaded efforts to bring two and four-wheeled electric vehicle (EV) options to carshare members in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dedrick started his electrification work in 2008 as a small business owner specializing in electric bike and scooter sales, rentals, service and repair. Dedrick is currently a Partner at eMobility Advisors (eMA). eMA is a group of EV charging pioneers that supports today’s market leaders with strategic guidance across policy, regulatory and grant funding activities. Dedrick is also Treasurer of the Board for nonprofit Charge Across Town (CAT). For more than a decade CAT has engaged community-based organizations, educational organizations, EV owners and volunteers to help bring EV educational events to disadvantaged and low-income communities. Dedrick is a former professional football player with four seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Dedrick is active in the former players community and currently serves as President of the NFL Players Association, Northern California Chapter.