Georgia Rural Roundtable

On May 24, the Electrification Coalition and local and state leaders convened in Tifton, GA for a roundtable discussion on vehicle electrification in rural Georgia. Workshop attendees learned about the opportunities and challenges associated with the once-in-a-generation investment in electric transportation in Georgia and how rural communities can benefit and create a stronger and more resilient economy. Panelists also discussed available opportunities for federal funding, The roundtable also included small group discussions about the challenges and solutions rural communities can take advantage of when trying to install charging infrastructure and deploy electric vehicles.

Speakers, panelists, and participating organizations included:

  • Tony McBrayer, commissioner, Tifton County
  • Matt Fowler, program manager, Georgia DOT
  • Laurie Holmes, senior manager of government and regulatory affairs, Kia Corporation
  • Andy Moore, director of EV strategy and operations, Blue Bird Corporation
  • Frank Morris, director, Georgia Clean Cities
  • Tim Echols, commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
  • Kevin Malone, senior electric transportation project coordinator, Georgia Power 
  • Erin Farmer, southeast regional sales director, Blink Charging
  • Jimmy Childre, Dealer Principal
  • Anne Blair, senior director of policy, Electrification Coalition
  • Andrew Bailey, chief strategy officer, Envirospark energy solutions
  • Jessica Stoll, program specialist, Electrification Coalition
  • Beau Whiteman, senior policy advisor, Rivian
  • JJ Lee, Solectrac
  • Alan Shedd, director of emerging technologies, Oglethorpe Power

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.