The availability and accessibility of charging infrastructure is critical to the acceleration of the widespread adoption of clean transportation technologies. Delivery vans, buses, trucks, bikes, and passenger cars all need access to reliable charging for consumers to feel confident in using electric vehicles.
Our panelists will provide updates on the US EV infrastructure plan and strategies and how we successfully and equitably scale infrastructure by taking a close look at policy development from around the globe. We’ll also hear about the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Transportation Electrification Infrastructure Needs Analysis (TEINA). The TEINA study aims to identify the charging needs and gaps across Oregon. Speakers will analyze the needs in the charging infrastructure ecosystem, explore current strategies and more.
Rhett Lawrence, Policy Manager, Forth
Rhett joined Forth in January 2020 as Policy Manager and will be coordinating Forth's policy work in the Pacific Northwest. Rhett has 20 years of experience working collaboratively on energy and environmental programs in Oregon. He has a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Emory University.
Mary Brazell, Transportation Electrification Program Manager Climate Office, Oregon Department Of Transportation
Mary Brazell is the Transportation Electrification Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation, Climate Office. In this role, Mary guides ODOT’s transportation electrification activities, advancing Oregon’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) charging infrastructure deployment and ZEV adoption across all transportation modes. Mary led Oregon’s recent statewide Transportation Electrification Infrastructure Needs Analysis (TEINA) study. She is focused on implementing TEINA’s recommended actions, as well as the action plan of the Zero Emission Vehicle Interagency Working Group (ZEVIWG). Mary works collaboratively with state agencies, local jurisdictions, non-profits, the private sector, and national organizations to advance transportation electrification. Previously, Mary worked for ODOT’s Office of Innovation as the Connected, Automated and Electric Vehicle Policy Advisor, spearheading the request for proposals to update Oregon’s West Coast Electric Highway. Before joining ODOT, Mary served as a management consultant on ZEV policies, charging infrastructure, and utility programs. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.