Cassandra Powers, Georgetown Climate Center
Cassandra Powers, an Institute Associate at the Center, provides transportation policy analysis. She works primarily with the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Clean Vehicles and Fuels workgroup, where she facilitates interaction between stakeholders and provides research and analysis of electric vehicle policies and programs.
She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning. While in school, she interned at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, where she worked on transportation planning initiatives. Prior to entering graduate school, Cassie was a Member Services Associate at the American Wind Energy Association. She also holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Government.
Joseph Laham is the owner and CEO of Premier Companies, a group of 7 independent dealerships and 12 franchises located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Laham was born and raised in Westwood, MA. He is the proud father of five children; all of whom work in the family business.
Laham started his automotive career at the age of 21, opening his first preowned dealership “Laham Motors” in West Roxbury, MA. With a passion for the business, Laham continued to gain knowledge about the industry and was awarded his first new car franchise in 1985, Auto West Isuzu. From there Laham continued to acquire new stores and develop the business.
At present Laham recognizes that change must occur in the automobile industry and supports the manufacturer's vision and direction into the hybrid and electric vehicle arena.
Currently Laham is in the process of constructing two state of the art facilities for the Nissan and Toyota franchises in Rhode Island. Each of the stores will have multiple charging stations available for customer use.
Paul Young, N. American Business Development Manager, Garage Juice Bar
Paul is the North American Business Development Manager at Garage Juice Bar. He is happy to be very involved in building the infrastructure to support the large amount of electric and plug in hybrid vehicles on the roads today. Paul is a Distinguished Toastmaster and motivational speaker with experience in leading the CT, NY and Massachusetts district of that nonprofit organization. Prior to joining Garage Juice Bar Paul held account management positions at IKON Office Solutions; he is passionate about delivering the right customer service all of the time.
About Garage Juicebar, LLC
Garage Juice Bar (GJB) is focused on offering energy efficient improvements including Juice Bar EV Charging Stations, Green Garage Oasis Amenity Center including Tire Inflation Systems to improve the value and efficiency of our clients’ parking assets. GJB believes that this program is a powerful pathway to help our clients follow the path of greater profitability and sustainability. Visit www.freejuicebar.com for more information about GJB.
Marion Gold served as Administrator of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) since August 2012 and was confirmed as Commissioner in February 2013. As leader of the OER, Dr. Gold is dedicated to working with public and private sector partners to provide sustainable, secure, and cost-effective energy services to all sectors of the community. Prior to joining the OER, she was the Director of the Outreach Center at the University of Rhode of Island where she established the URI Partnership for Energy and directed extension programs for communities and the public in energy, environmental horticulture, and urban agriculture. She served on the URI President's Council for Sustainability and on the RI Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council.
Dr. Gold has been a leader in environmental issues throughout her decades of public service. Early in her career she worked at the Department of Environmental Management and the RI Resource Recovery Corporation where she was instrumental in launching the first statewide recycling program in the country.
Dr. Gold continues to serve as an adjunct professor of Environmental and Resource Economics. She enjoys teaching courses on energy and energy economics, serving on graduate committees, and advising Energy Fellows.
Dr. Gold holds a BS with honors in Natural Resource Science and Policy from the University of Michigan, a MS in Environmental Economics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She is married with two children and lives in North Kingstown, RI. When not learning about the intricacies of energy systems, Dr. Gold enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
John Gilbrook, Senior Project Manager, National Grid
John Gilbrook is the Transportation Project Manager for National Grid. His role includes the development and execution of company wide strategy relating to electric and natural gas vehicles serving both National Grid’s customer base and internal company fleet. John is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition and Co-Chair of the OSCCC Project Development committee. John is also a member of the Northeast Gas Association Natural Gas Vehicle Committee.
National Grid’s US business consists mainly of electric and natural gas transmission and distribution throughout the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Furthermore, National Grid owns 15 public access compressed natural gas fueling stations throughout its US service territories as well as 35 public access level II charging stations throughout Massachusetts.
Al Dahlberg is the Director of State and Community Relations at Brown University. He is also the Founder of Project Get Ready Rhode Island, an initiative of the Rocky Mountain Institute with 25 cities across North America as pioneers in the adoption of plug in electric vehicles. In Rhode Island, Project Get Ready has focused on education and outreach events and development of electric vehicle charging stations. In 2012, he founded the “Top 50” Project, to identify the 50 best locations in the state for electric vehicle charging stations. In 2013, the state announced funding for the project, in collaboration with Chargepoint and National Grid.
Al was named one of seven “energy innovators” by Planet Forward, a web portal/interactive media site based at George Washington University, which featured Project Get Ready RI on a nationally televised PBS Special in April 2011. In 2012 and 2013 he was named an Innovation Fellow Finalist by the Rhode Island Foundation for his work with Project Get Ready Rhode Island.
Al graduated from Georgetown University and Boston College Law School. After practicing law for two years, Al joined the staff of Sen. John Chafee (R-RI) as Counsel on Clear Air issues to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. In 2000, Al joined the US EPA working on communications, monitoring, and assessment of the acid rain cap and trade program within the Clean Air Markets Division. He left the EPA in 2001 to manage the statewide campaign of Matt Brown for RI Secretary of State and then became Chief of Staff and Deputy RI Secretary of State until 2007, when he came to Brown University.
Abigail Walker Anthony, ENE Rhode Island Director
Abigail is a Policy Analyst based in her home state of Rhode Island working on energy, climate and air quality issues with ENE's Energy, Analysis and Transportation teams. Abigail earned a Ph.D in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she wrote her dissertation on compliance rates in residential demand response programs and was a fellow in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Coastal Institute training and internship program, IGERT. As an IGERT fellow, Abigail had the opportunity to work with the New England Energy Innovation Collaborative in Cambridge, MA researching emerging clean energy technologies and facilitating discussion between clean technology entrepreneurs and investors. Abigail also had the opportunity to work on the communications team at Boston-based Ceres. Abigail is a member of the Jamestown (RI) Wind Energy Committee. Abigail received her MA and BA in economics from the University of Montana. (email@example.com)
Matt is Transportation Program Manager at NESCAUM. He serves as staff lead for the Mobile Source Committee and works on a variety of vehicle and fuel issues including LEV, motor vehicle greenhouse gases, and the regional clean fuels initiative. He has over twelve years of experience working with advanced vehicles, fuels, and emission control technologies. Prior to working at NESCAUM he was a Project Manager for Ford Motor Company at the California Fuel Cell Partnership. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California, Davis.
Stephen Russell became the co-coordinator of the Massachusetts Clean Cities coalition in September 2009. That same year, the coalition funded eight hybrid additions to a variety of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks in both public and private fleets. In addition to his duties in the coalition, he is the alternative transportation program coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.
Russell has been in the fleet-management industry for close to 20 years managing both private and public fleet operations. Most recently, Russell was the fleet superintendent for the city of Keene, New Hampshire. If it rolled in the city of Keene, Steve was responsible for keeping it rolling. The fleet vehicles included those used for city departments, including police, fire, rescue, public works, water, wastewater, and the recycling center. Russell pioneered the use of B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel) over eight years ago, which has been recognized nationally for its introduction to city fleets. Russell has spoken both locally and nationally on the use of biofuels in fleet applications as well as other alternative transportation options for fleets.
Prior to joining the city of Keene, Russell was the fleet and procurement manager for Windshields America, a national auto glass company. Russell is on the board of directors of the New England chapter of the NAFA Fleet Management Association and is the fuel and technology chair for the national association.
Russell has a Bachelor of Science in Community Leadership and Development from Springfield College.
Daniel Shanahan, Director of Sales and Marketing for EVSE LLC
Dan Shanahan is Director of Sales and Marketing for EVSE LLC (www.evsellc.com), a subsidiary of Control Module Inc. an Enfield, CT company founded in 1969. Dan has over twenty years in high technology start-ups and spin-offs. At EVSE Dan has focused his efforts on projects with utilities, OEMs, Clean Cities, universities and the parking industry. He has provided expert EV charging commentary on National Public Radio. He has been a guest speaker at numerous electric vehicle and infrastructure events in the US and Europe. His duties include sales, marketing, government and public affairs in the US and Canada.
EVSE LLC offers patented EV chargers with cable management that prevent tripping accidents, reduce liability, are ADA-compliant ensuring obstacle-free ease of use for persons with disabilities. EVSE also offers flexible EV charger payment methods, and open systems EV charger networking solutions that ensure universal access to chargers while integrating with customers’ existing secure access and payment systems.
Colleen Quinn is a seasoned executive leader and government strategist with 30 years experience in government, business and non -profit sectors. She has served in the highest level government and political appointed positions, as well as a senior corporate officer and senior non -profit management and advocacy roles. Quinn has worked with some of the most innovative leaders in Government and business, including Governor Jerry Brown and the Partnership of New York City.
Colleen has deep experience in the energy, green technology and telecommunications (cable and telephone) sectors. In all of these industries she has been recognized for her leadership and ground breaking policy initiatives. She has a unique perspective having represented the consumer, regulatory, and new technology aspects of these industries.
Most recently she has led the efforts in the nascent electric vehicle industry to achieve unprecedented outcomes in government to support the industry growth and development of policies to achieve both the environmental and economic development goals of the State and Federal Government. She has led the regulatory and legislative agenda of the Electric Vehicle Service Provider industry on behalf of Coulomb Technologies, Inc. She has also represented Electric Vehicle Manufacturers (Vectrix Corporation) and Plug IN America, the EV Consumer advocacy organization. Colleen has a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, BA from UC Berkeley and a CORO Foundation Fellow
As Ocean State Clean Cities Coordinator, Wendy Lucht has been promoting the use of alternative fuels, hybrids, idle reduction technologies and fuel economy measures. She has facilitated networking among public and private fleet managers, fuel providers, and state energy officials. Prior to becoming Clean Cities Coordinator, Wendy was a Budget Analyst at the URI Budget Office, and a Manager at The Bay Institute of San Francisco. Wendy has a Master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She also has a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
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