The Shift from Gas to Grid: A Roundtable on Transportation Electrification — Meet the Speakers

Anne Blair, Electrification Coalition


Anne serves as EC’s Director of Policy with a focus on promoting policies and programs that will transform the transportation sector. Prior to joining EC, Anne was the Director of Energy Efficient Transportation at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, overseeing strategy, programming, and outreach for all of SEEA’s transportation initiatives. Before SEEA, Anne worked at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) as its clean fuels director, working on transportation and clean energy policy for fifteen years. She has also previously worked at The Coca-Cola Company, The Fund for Public Interest Research, Americorps, and the River Network. She serves on multiple boards including the EV Club of the South, Mothers and Others for Clean Air, and EarthShare of Georgia. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School.  

Tony McBrayer, Tifton County Commissioner


Tony McBrayer lives in Tifton, GA. He attended ABAC and Valdosta State University earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  McBrayer worked in Retail Grocery with Winn Dixie for thirteen years (1976-1989).  Tony founded and operated TMM Enterprises, Inc., a wholesale specialty grocery distributor for twenty-five years (1989-2014).  His current company, Mr. Tony’s, LLC, distributes Georgia Grown products to various retail establishments. 

 McBrayer is a former State Representative that served Tift and Turner Counties in 2011-2012, and still represents the House of Representatives as an ex-officio member of the Georgia Grown Commodity Commission.  Tony served as District 3 County Commissioner from 2019-2020 and since 2021, has served as Chairman of the Tift Board of Commissioners, as well as the Tifton-Tift County Development Authority.  McBrayer also serves on the boards of the Tift County Airport Authority, YMCA, Carver Ministries, and Peanut Butter & Jesus, Inc. He is also the past Chairman of the Pregnancy Care Center of Tiftarea.

Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission


After building a national non-profit organization, Tim ran for and was elected to statewide office in 2010 serving as Public Service Commissioner. His primary job is energy regulation. When Tim took office, Georgia was 34th in solar power.  Now, eleven years later the state is 4th in the nation in approved solar. Tim’s commitment to promoting clean energy has resulted not only in millions of solar panels being installed, but an increase in electric vehicles with Georgia now ranking fourth in the nation in EVs. Tim created the Clean Energy Roadshow that has traveled the state every summer for the last ten years. This educational event travels to cities helping commuters, businesses and municipal governments evaluate alternative fuel for their transportation and residential use. Tim also led the effort to provide the Salvation Army and two other agencies with $5 million to help low-income seniors in Atlanta with heating assistance. Tim has tried to lead by example by adding solar hot water heating to his Athens home. He bought a natural gas car, a propane van, and owns two electric cars. Tim has supported and approved new carbon-free nuclear energy sources for Georgia that will provide baseload power for generations. He also supports recycling the nuclear waste and using the remaining energy resident in those fuel rods as the most sustainable course of action for the state and nation.  Tim represented the United States at the World Nuclear Exhibition for the last seven years.

 Tim, who earned a master’s degree in Non-Profit Organizations, considers the charities in our state a great resource.  Tim founded “TeenPact” and grew the mock legislative youth program for teens to 38 states in his tenure. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors, and TeenPact is now in all 50 states.

 Tim and his wife, Windy, have been married 38 years and they have seven children and now live in Hoschton, Georgia.

 McBrayer is a former State Representative that served Tift and Turner Counties in 2011-2012, and still represents the House of Representatives as an ex-officio member of the Georgia Grown Commodity Commission.  Tony served as District 3 County Commissioner from 2019-2020 and since 2021, has served as Chairman of the Tift Board of Commissioners, as well as the Tifton-Tift County Development Authority.  McBrayer also serves on the boards of the Tift County Airport Authority, YMCA, Carver Ministries, and Peanut Butter & Jesus, Inc. He is also the past Chairman of the Pregnancy Care Center of Tiftarea.

Laurie Holmes, Kia Corporation


Laurie Holmes is Senior Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Kia Corporation with a special emphasis on electric vehicles. Laurie has over 20 years of federal and state government and regulatory affairs experience in environmental, energy, chemical, and transportation policy. Prior to Kia, Laurie was head of environmental policy advocacy at MEMA, representing 900 vehicle suppliers. Laurie also worked with federal and state legislative issues at the American Forest & Paper Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, and at the American Institute of Architects. Laurie earned a Bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Kansas and holds a Master’s in public policy from George Mason University.

Andrew Bailey, Envirospark Energy Solutions


Andrew Bailey is Chief Strategy Officer of EnviroSpark Energy Solutions, a national turnkey EV charging solutions provider seeking to expand charging accessibility where people live, work, and play. At EnviroSpark, Andrew leads corporate strategy and marketing. Prior to serving as CSO at EnviroSpark, Andrew founded and ran CourtTech Courts, the premier squash court design and build firm in the US. Andrew serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and A+ Squash. He co-directs the Blake and Bailey Family Fund, a charitable fund that supports educational and community programs in Atlanta and nationwide. Andrew lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, daughter, and son. He is an avid squash player and enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time with his family.

Kevin Malone, Georgia Power


Kevin Malone has been with Georgia Power for over 7 years and in the utility industry for over 15 years holding various positions focused on delivering energy solutions for government, commercial and industrial customers. Kevin is currently the Senior Electric Transportation Coordinator, focusing on helping Georgia Power business customers successfully meet their growing demand with EV solutions through the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and fleet transition.  His previous responsibilities include energy efficiency, energy management, and LED lighting projects serving some of Georgia Power’s largest customers. 

Matthew Fowler, Georgia Department of Transportation


Matthew Fowler is the PTP, Planning, Tolling & Finance Program Manager at GDOT.  Matthew joined GDOT in 1999 and presently works in the Office of Alternative Delivery.  Matthew’s role in Alternative Delivery is point person for policy and coordination on planning matters.  In addition, he is responsible for several projects, including I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes, I-20/I-285 West Interchange Reconstruction, and assisting with delivering the Electric Vehicle Charging program.  Recently, Matthew was responsible for pre-let activities on the I-20/I-285 East Interchange Reconstruction, an almost $700 million project which was awarded in 2022.  Previously, Matthew worked in GDOT’s Office of Planning and oversaw development of the Department’s Managed Lane System Plan, Managed Lane Implementation Plan, and Statewide Truck Lane Study, along with development of the Statewide Transportation Plan, the State Transportation Improvement Program, and coordination with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Andy Moore, Blue Bird Corporation


Andy Moore is the Director of EV Supply Chain at Blue Bird where he is responsible for managing the global purchasing activities for Blue Bird’s electric buses. Andy has been with Blue Bird for 9 years and has served in various roles, leading teams in engineering, supply chain, strategy, and operations. Andy has been involved in Blue Bird’s electrification journey from the very beginning, serving as the Principal Investigator on the Department of Energy project that launched the EV development program in 2016. Andy has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in mechanical engineering from Mercer University in Macon, GA.

Jessica Stoll, Electrification Coalition


Jessica is a Program Associate with the Electrification Coalition, and she is passionate about forging a cleaner, more equitable future for our planet and people. In her role, she provides technical assistance to municipalities, supports the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, and implements programming to drive electrification. She also has expertise in broader sustainability work, having held positions with the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability before joining the Electrification Coalition. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Sustainability from Xavier University and a master’s degree in public service and Nonprofit Management from Marquette University.

Beau Whiteman, Rivian


Beau Whiteman serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for Rivian Automotive, where he leads state government engagement. Prior to joining Rivian, Beau spent nine years with Tesla, working across various aspects of the business including sales, Supercharger, and public policy. He resides in Washington, DC and spends weekends at his cabin in Front Royal, VA where he aspires to plant an orchard in the coming months.

JJ Lee, Solectrac


JJ Lee is a lifelong resident of Georgia and grew up on a small rural farm in South Georgia. He has 20 years of experience in the agricultural equipment industry, working for global manufacturers like New Holland and CLAAS, and most recently with Solectrac.  At Solectrac it’s our mission to lead the transition to zero-emission regenerative agriculture and utility operations with best-in-class technology for a safer, cleaner, and healthier future.

Erin Farmer, Blink Charging


Erin Farmer is the Southeast Regional Sales Director for Blink Charging, based out of Jacksonville, Florida. In 2013, Erin began her tenure with SemaConnect prior to the acquisition by Blink Charging supporting all of California, before relocating to her Florida roots and being promoted to Regional Sales Director in 2019. She is responsible for generating and managing one of the company’s largest strategic accounts. She has also worked for a number of companies within the commercial real estate and mechanical engineering technology industries. Throughout her decade in the industry, Erin has participated in hundreds of electric vehicle charging projects across the United States, including new developments, commercial and multifamily properties, fleets, and government. Erin and her top performing sales team provide their expertise and consultative approach to assist customers with implementing a full service turnkey electric vehicle charging solution to support their employees, tenants and guests.

Frank Morris, Georgia Clean Cities


Frank has an extensive background in corporate and legislative affairs. He is an accomplished executive and strategic consultant having worked with federal, state, and local leaders as well as national associations and trade organizations to advance legislative policies, including transportation, taxation, appropriations, economic development, regulatory access, and facility and project permitting.

Frank retired as Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs for United Parcel Service, managing State, City, and Municipal Government relations for UPS in the Southeast.

Frank established a government affairs consulting company, representing clients in Georgia and has since merged his clients with Butler Avenue Partners. The firm represents a diverse portfolio of clients in the education, energy, healthcare, hospitality, and agriculture business with their legislative and business development needs in Georgia on the state and local level.

In 2020, Frank accepted the position as the Executive Director of Clean Cities Georgia. The Coalition is the oldest charter member to the U.S. Department of Energy’s national program. Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. He has successfully applied for and received federal grant funding on behalf of Clean Cities Georgia and the coalition’s members.

Frank was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to serve on the Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance, helping to shape state policy and grow the electric mobility ecosystem to strengthen Georgia’s position in electrification-related manufacturing and innovation. He a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

 Frank has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Frank and his wife Debbie, reside in Milton, Georgia. They have three adult children.     

Alan Shedd, Oglethorpe Power


Alan Shedd the Director of Emerging Technologies at Oglethorpe Power Corporation. He works with Georgia’s 38 electric cooperatives and their 4.1 million members to develop resources, solutions, and communicate best practices for energy efficiency, renewables, smart energy use, and electric vehicles. He’s worked in the utility area for more than 40 years and as a researcher, consulting engineer, home builder, and tinkerer. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and has designed and built solar and electric vehicle projects since the 1970’s and put more than 300,000 miles on plug-in vehicles. When he’s not doing engineering stuff, he likes to race sailboats.

Jimmy Childre, Dealer Principal


Jimmy Childre, Jr. grew up in Georgia and is a third-generation auto dealer. His family owns and operates GM, Ford, and Nissan dealerships in central Georgia. Jimmy has served as vice chair of Ford’s National Dealer Council and as past chair of the Atlanta District Ford Dealers Advertising Association. His dealership has won numerous awards, including Ford’s prestigious Chairman’s Award and recently Childre was one of only five dealers nationally to receive ‘Ford’s Hometown Hero Award.’  Jimmy was featured in Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s 500 Most Influential Leaders. While continuing in the auto dealership, Jimmy served as chair and CEO of his hometown hospital, Washington County Regional Medical Center. He serves on The Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Duke University Alumni Board of Directors. Jimmy is Chair Emeritus of the Georgia Southern University Foundation and has served on boards for healthcare, nonprofit and civic organizations, and universities. 

 Childre earned a BBA from Georgia Southern, MBA from Duke University and master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and HEC Paris. He also graduated from the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.