2021 was a major year for attention-grabbing EV-marketing campaigns, funding opportunities for clean transportation projects and infrastructure, and elevating the development of the clean transportation workforce.
As we roll into 2022, what partnership opportunities and strategies should be developed to increase the adoption of electric vehicles?
In our final webinar of 2021, Forth’s Executive Director, Jeff Allen will be joined by industry leaders to discuss key takeaways from 2021, the impact of the Biden administration thus far on the industry and what trends they project for 2022.
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.
Nadia El Mallakh, Area Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Ventures, Xcel Energy
Nadia is the Area Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Ventures at Xcel Energy. In her role, Nadia designs and leads the company’s efforts to identify and create partnerships focused on innovative solutions for customers and achieving other Xcel Energy strategic priorities. Nadia also oversees the electric vehicle team at Xcel Energy. Prior to this role, Nadia led the development and implementation of Energy Future Collaborations at Xcel Energy which allow communities and Xcel Energy to partner on key community priorities including economic development, sustainability, environmental objectives and smart city technology deployments. She first joined Xcel Energy in 2007 to practice real estate law leading the real estate legal team. Before joining Xcel Energy, Nadia was in private practice at several international law firms including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Nadia holds a master’s degree in city planning (M.C.P), a law degree (J.D.), and a Bachelor of Science (B.S,) in Conservation and Resource Studies all from the University of California at Berkley. She is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Education and Business Coalition. The Denver Business Journal has named Nadia a “Top Woman in Business” and included her in its “Who’s Who in Energy” list since 2017.
Chris King, SVP e-Mobility, Siemens
A nationally recognized authority on energy regulation and competitive energy markets, King is widely recruited by regulators and legislators to consult on technology issues in electric restructuring and grid management. He has testified before Congress and was instrumental in crafting the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that paved the way for advanced metering initiatives in the USA. Anticipating customer choice before its time, King was CEO and founder of Utility.com, which provided electric, gas and telecommunications services nationwide. King joined Cree Edwards and Larsh Johnson at CellNet, where he served as Vice President-Regulatory Affairs and Vice President-Sales and Marketing. King has also directed various energy efficiency and time-of-use pricing programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest utility in the United States. King holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, an M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Concord University School of Law.
Linda White, Director of Government and External Affairs, BMW of North America
Linda White is Director of Government and External Affairs for BMW of North America located in Sacramento, CA. In her capacity, she is responsible for managing legislative and regulatory policy issues in the western region. She works closely with elected officials, various state agencies, business leaders, non-government organizations, academia, and community partners. Key policy areas of focus for Linda includes expanding the adoption of electric vehicles (EV), including build out of EV infrastructure and advocating for consumer incentives. Linda also works extensively on various other related policy matters impacting the auto industry, including energy, autonomous vehicles, and privacy to name a few. Prior to joining BMW, Linda served as Senior Manager for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Linda has established a network of engaging the auto industry, emerging technology, and communities together by serving on various boards. Linda serves on the board of Veloz, an organization focused on increasing the adoption of electric vehicles in California. She also serves in an advisory role for the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator (LACI), a consortium of private and public entities working to promote clean technology and spur job creation in the Los Angeles region. Additionally, she serves on the boards of Leadership California, an organization that elevates a diverse group of influential women across California from success to significance. Within BMW of North America, Linda launched and is serving as chair for the company’s Black Employee’s Resource Group.
Andrew Wishnia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation
Andrew Wishnia serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Wishnia previously served at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, including as Senior Policy Advisor, and also served at the Federal Highway Administration as Special Assistant for Policy to the FHWA Administrator, and as a Senior Program Manager at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wishnia previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant to Congressman John Yarmuth, now Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget.