Our Team

Our Team

Robbie Diamond

Robbie Diamond is the Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating the nation’s dangerous dependence on oil. Since then, SAFE and the ESLC have been at the forefront of the energy policy debate, successfully helping to shape legislation in 2007 and shepherd a new, comprehensive energy bill through the Senate Energy Committee in 2009.

Diamond is also the President and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group working to accelerate the adoption of plugin electric vehicles to improve our national and economic security. The Coalition was launched in November 2009, and as its first official act, released the Electrification Roadmap, a sweeping report outlining a vision for the deployment of a fully integrated electric drive network.

Prior to his roles with SAFE and the Electrification Coalition, Diamond served as Deputy Director of Community Outreach on Senator Joe Lieberman’s 2004 presidential campaign. Before that, Diamond was a Director at the Washington firm Fontheim International LLC, working in all practice areas of the firm. Prior to coming to Washington, he worked with senior executives at Seagram Spirits and Wine Group on special projects.

Diamond earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School.

Ben Prochazka

Ben Prochazka has been with the Electrification Coalition since 2013, serving as its executive director since 2021. At the EC, he founded and created one of the nation’s first deployment communities in Northern Colorado and replicated it in New York, created the nation’s first electric rental car program in Orlando, led the Smart City Challenge as the lead implementation partner with the USDOT, helped create the nation’s first EV purchasing collaborative, and served as one of the technical leads for the American Cities Climate Challenge. He has testified at the local, state, and federal levels, been quoted in major publications, and spoken at many conferences on issues related to transportation electrification. He also increased the EC’s annual budget from $1 million to $5 million and increased the staff from one person to over 30 people.  

As a successful leader with a demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results, Ben has spent over 25 years working on environmental, human rights, and voter engagement efforts. His experience includes leadership roles as Vice President at FieldWorks, the Campaign Director for the Save Darfur Coalition, the Legislative Director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the Colorado State Director for the New Voters Project, and numerous public interest campaign efforts as the Western States Field Organizer for U.S.PIRG.  

Prior to working at the Electrification Coalition, Ben served as Vice President at FieldWorks, a national political consulting firm. During his time at FieldWorks, he led projects for a diverse group of corporate, non-profit, academic, and political clients. This included programs with SolarCity, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, and a joint pilot with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business – to test encouragement models for federally funded low income weatherization.  

 Before joining FieldWorks, Ben served as the lobbyist for the Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC), a statewide group that represents over 100 environmental, public health, and religious organizations. As a lobbyist, Ben was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the conservation community agenda at the legislature. During his two years with the CEC, the conservation community passed over 100 “pro-conservation” bills, including several first-in-the-nation efforts.   

Adept at creating strategic alliances, Ben also directed successful field and fundraising programs for national campaigns on behalf of The Genocide Prevention Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Dream for Darfur, and many other national organizations. Ben also led numerous large-scale rallies, grassroots advocacy campaigns, volunteer activities, and visibility events involving as many as 100,000 people.  

 

Ashley Blackwell

Ashley Blackwell is a nonprofit leader in energy and sustainability with over a decade of progressive experience in project management, finance and operations, human resources, fundraising and development, and board governance. She specializes in creating inclusive environments and operational systems that support quality work products, high trust, collaborative teams, and strong fiscal health within an organization.

Before joining Electrification Coalition, Ashley served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), a regional nonprofit dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and enhancing the quality of life across an 11-state region in the Southeast United States. During her tenure at SEEA, she managed multi-million-dollar portfolios of philanthropic and government-funded projects, doubled the organization’s budget and staff, and built sustainable systems for managing projects, budgets, performance management, and culture.

She also worked at Agnes Scott College, managing projects, and developing policies to achieve the college’s energy and climate goals.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She serves on the Boards of Druid Hills Child Development Center and Chattahoochee Now. She is also a member of the Gwinnett County citizen’s advisory board on energy and transportation.

She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and spends her free time playing outside with her twin daughters, watching movies with her husband, and playing trivia with friends

Anne Blair

Anne serves as the EC’s Vice President of Policy. She leads the EC’s state policy engagement to support the accelerated adoption of plug-in electric vehicles while working closely with state and federal agencies to inform and implement federal and state policy. Anne also provides insightful information on the opportunities and needs at the intersection of transportation and electric utility policy at national, state, and local conferences.  

In her current role, Anne has provided public testimony on utility programs, vehicle and infrastructure incentives and programs, consumer choice, and leveraging funding before state legislatures and utility commissions across the country. She has also successfully led the efforts to expand the EC’s outreach in the Southeast by securing new funding and staffing. Blair has also provided strategic leadership to begin expanding the EC’s freight program.

Prior to joining EC, Anne was the director of energy efficient transportation at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, where she directed the organization’s work to expand transportation electrification policies and programs in the Southeast. Before SEEA, Anne worked at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) for 15 years. In her most recent role as the clean fuels director, she directed the program’s promotion of advanced transportation policies at the state and federal levels, with a focus on reducing oil consumption and air and climate impacts.  

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. Anne currently resides in Avondale Estates, Georgia, with her family and spends her free time reading, enjoying the outdoors, cycling, and hiking. 

Jackie Burman

As the Director of Operations and Finance, Jackie works closely with the CEO and Vice President of Development to oversee the day-to-day business operations and financial health of SAFE.

Prior to joining SAFE, Ms. Burman spent more than 4 years in Cape Town, South Africa where she assisted a wide range of non-profit organizations in reaching their funding goals. During her time abroad, she also helped create a fundraising academy to provide young adults with the skills necessary to begin careers in development. She worked in both marketing and fundraising in DC before this.

Ms. Burman holds a Bachelor of Art’s Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and Masters’ degrees in business administration and Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University.

Noah barnes

Noah Barnes is the communication director for the Electrification Coalition, where he ensures that accurate, timely information about transportation electrification is distributed across multiple platforms. 

Prior to joining the EC, Noah was the communications director for Plug in America, where he first became passionate about electric vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits. As the organization’s first full-time communications professional, he reached millions of consumers with messaging related to EV basics, programs like National Drive Electric Week and PlugStar, and EV advocacy. With nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience, he previously held communications and fundraising roles at Grantmakers in the Arts, the Frye Art Museum, and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. 

A Seattle native and graduate of the University of Washington, he now resides in the sunnier climate of Los Angeles.

Carolyn Bidó

Carolyn is a Policy Associate for the Electrification Coalition. She focuses on policy research and analysis and provides campaign support to progress transportation electrification.
 
Before joining EC, Carolyn was a Policy intern for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, helping advance electric school bus adoption throughout the Midwest. She is part of the 2022 Yale Environmental Fellows Program, serving as a Policy and Organizing intern at the National Wildlife Federation for the Ohio River Restoration Plan.
 
Carolyn holds a degree in veterinary medicine from Universidad Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Dominican Republic, and a master’s degree in environmental science and sustainability with a focus in sustainable business, from Loyola University Chicago. Originally from New York, she now resides in Chicago, IL.

Jerold Brito

Jerold Brito is a Program Associate with the Electrification Coalition’s Freight Electrification team. His work focuses on developing strategies for freight electrification at ports and advancing electric vehicle understanding through pilot project implementation.

Prior to joining the EC, Jerold was a research fellow at the International Council on Clean Transportation, where he conducted foundational research on small fleet electrification and used geospatial modeling to assess charging infrastructure needed to support medium- and heavy-duty vehicle electrification targets. He also previously worked at the Center for Environmental Public Policy, supporting freight electrification at the Port of Oakland. Jerold holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Simon Fraser University.

liAM CONDON

Liam Condon is a Programs and Communications Associate with the Electrification Coalition. He manages the EC’s digital communications and provides support for various EC programs. 

Before joining the EC, Liam worked on the National Resource Defense Council’s social media team and on the energy programs team at Bedford 2030. 

Liam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies with focuses in Political Science and Earth Science from Vassar College. 

Will Drier

Will is a policy manager for the EC Policy Program. His work is focused on conducting research and analysis to help leaders and decision makers create ambitious policy opportunities to advance the EV market.

Before joining the Electrification Coalition, Will worked as an EV Research Analyst with Navigant Research, a market research and consulting firm. While there, he led the Commercial Transportation Electrification research suite, providing qualitative and quantitative market analysis and technical insights. Prior to his work at Navigant, Will served as a Program Manager for Smart Commute Metro North, working with local stakeholders to drive behavior changes and reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips.

Will holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Idaho.

Ida Funke

Ida Funke is a communications associate for the Electrification Coalition. She works to support the EC in sharing accurate and relevant information about transportation electrification with stakeholders across a variety of platforms.
 
Before joining the EC, Ida worked as a climate communicator for Wildgrid, a home electrification start-up, and as a project assistant for the Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition (LACCC), an alternative fuels program run by the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with a minor in professional writing from UCLA.

Emma Heins

Emma Heins is a Policy Manager for the Electrification Coalition, where she works on state advocacy in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and at the federal level. Her focus is on policy research and analysis to help policy makers create ambitious policy opportunities and strengthen the case for transportation electrification. Before joining the EC, Emma was a Science Policy Fellow for Clean Wisconsin working on EV policy research, and prior to that, she worked at a small research group conducting indoor air quality research. 

Emma holds a Masters in Public Affairs and an Energy Analysis certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and minors in Public Health and Political Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Emma is a native South Carolinian, but currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brandt hertenstein

As a Programs Manager, Brandt accelerates the implementation of EV infrastructure at the local, state, and federal levels. As federal funding becomes available to states nationwide, Brandt supports policy work that will maximize federal investments and catalyze EV infrastructure deployment.

Prior to joining the EC, Brandt was a project coordinator for Metropolitan Energy Center and the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities coalition. He led a variety of projects focused on EV and EVSE education, awareness, and development.

Brandt holds a Professional Science Masters Degree in Bioenergy and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, both from the University of Illinois.

Brandt currently resides in Madison, WI with his wife and two kids.

Steve king

Steve King is the senior manager of freight electrification and special projects for the Electrification Coalition. Steve developed the Electric Freight Consortium and has recruited over 35 industry leaders, including Nestlé, FedEx, Meijer, and Volvo, to reduce the sector’s reliance on petroleum fuels. 

Prior to joining the EC, Steve’s previous work centered on workforce development, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and equity. He is the founder and former CEO of the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first charter high school focused on sustainability. He also developed and managed a Union County, N.J., workforce development program focused on conservation, climate change, and clean energy skills. King also secured a $250,000 grant for the program. As a community organizer, King worked on environmental justice issues in New York City, focusing on the health impacts of diesel emissions from bus and truck depots in Black and Brown communities. He interned at the Hong Kong Transport Department’s sustainability unit, where he worked to reduce petroleum use in passenger buses. 

Steve is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Berkeley, California. He loves to travel and has visited Egypt, Cameroon, and Benin.  

Celia Kosinski

Celia Kosinski is a Policy Manager for the Electrification Coalition Policy Program. Her focus is on policy research and analysis to help policy makers create ambitious policy opportunities and strengthen the case for transportation electrification.

As a Connecticut native, Celia has previously worked in the energy sector through local advocacy measures at the city and town level, along with leading educational environmental programs. Before joining the EC, Celia worked as a Program Intern at People’s Action for Clean Energy CT, providing technical analysis on electric vehicle adoption by county, and educating residents on the benefits of building electrification.

Celia holds a Master’s in Energy and Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

Alyssa Lenkel

Alyssa Lenkel is an EV Infrastructure Associate for the Electrification Coalition. She works on accelerating EV Charging deployment through outreach and projects at the local, state, and federal levels.

After serving as an EC Programs intern in 2021, Alyssa worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations for drinking water, wastewater, and storage tank systems. Alyssa holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology from Florida Southern College and is in active pursuit of a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida.

Mary Linn

Mary is a campaign organizer for the Electrification Coalition, focusing on Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. She works to increase community support for the adoption of electric vehicles and mobilize EV stakeholders.  

Before Mary came to work for the EC, she worked for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). From hosting events such as Climate and Cupcakes, an electric golf cart rally, and a concert powered off a solar-charged Tesla battery, Mary found ways to involve Florida communities in local, state, and federal climate legislation. 

Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mary Baldwin College and a master’s degree in adult education from Florida International University. She lives in Orlando with a fat cat who thinks he is a Florida panther.  

Will Marshall

Will Marshall is the Program Associate of Freight Electrification for the Electrification Coalition. He supports efforts to advance the electrification of the goods movement industry and other critical EV policies and programs.  

Prior to joining EC, Will was the Senior Legislative Assistant at Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid, a bipartisan lobbying firm, supporting a portfolio of clients in the energy sector. In this role, he assisted in the development and advocacy of his clients’ federal policy and regulatory priorities.  Will graduated from the George Washington University with a masters in Environmental Resource Policy where his research focused on fleet electrification, specifically the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. He also holds a bachelors degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.   

Michael McDaniels

Michael is a Programs Associate for the Electrification Coalition. His role focuses on advancing federal investments in EV infrastructure through collaboration on the local, state, and federal levels.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in international development with a focus on energy and environmental policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Philadelphia, he is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Alma Meckler-Pacheco

Alma is a Freight Electrification Associate at the Electrification Coalition. Alma’s work is focused on supporting the Electric Freight Consortium in accelerating freight electrification at scale.

Prior to the EC, she conducted research on electric vehicles at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). At ITS, she assisted researchers on a variety of research projects focused on increasing consumer engagement and awareness of light-duty electric vehicles. Alma holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Economics from UC Davis.

Aaron Viles

Aaron Viles is the senior director of campaigns at the Electrification Coalition, where he develops and directs campaigns to advance state policy for transportation electrification in seven prioritized states. Aaron manages the Electrification Coalition’s campaigns teams and priority policy portfolios, as well as developing and maintaining governmental, corporate, and NGO relationships for the organization. Aaron has launched the Veterans for EVs program, expanded the EC’s work in the Midwest, and led federal advocacy resulting in the passage of the landmark EV policies in the Inflation Reduction Act.  

Prior to joining the EC, Aaron worked with the Kentucky Democratic Party, supporting nationally-recognized congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. Aaron brings experience in environmental, energy, and online advocacy from his previous work experience. 

Aaron is currently the board chair for Healthy Gulf, a Louisiana-based environmental group.

Jordan Neerhof

Jordan is Senior Policy Analyst for the Electrification Coalition. His work is focused on conducting research and analysis to help leaders and decision makers create ambitious policy opportunities to advance the EV market.

Prior to joining the EC, Jordan was Director of Grants & Government Affairs at SparkCharge, a mobile EVSE startup. There he led local, state, and federal engagements to bring portable charging infrastructure to underserved communities and created partnerships with various public agencies looking for innovative ways to electrify their operations. In addition to securing public funds and government sales, Jordan built a team that successfully increased the young company’s visibility among national leaders during a crucial period of policymaking, culminating in August 2022 when the Founder/CEO was invited to introduce President Biden at the White House signing ceremony for the landmark CHIPS and Science Act.

Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and rabbit.

EMILY PAPE

Emily Pape is a senior associate with the Electrification Coalition. Her work focuses on electric vehicle charging infrastructure development and supporting local governments to facilitate widespread electric vehicle adoption.

Prior to joining the EC, Emily worked on community engagement efforts and Arctic advocacy in Alaska, policy research with Headwaters Economics and Idaho Policy Institute in Montana and Idaho, and constituent services with the Idaho Governor’s Office.

Emily holds a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on energy and environmental policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in global studies from Boise State University. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Palo Alto, CA.

Alex rodman

Alex is an Executive and Operations Associate for the Electrification Coalition.  She works closely with the leadership team to support the management and operational needs of the organization.
 
Prior to serving as the Administrative and Operations Intern at the EC in January 2023, Alex worked as a Climate Communicator with Wildgrid solar. She has also spent time volunteering with the Morgan Duke Conservation Society, the Coastal Studies Institute, and the OBX Running Club. 
 
Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Columbia University. She graduated as a Scholar-Athlete and a member and captain of their Cross Country and Track and Field team. 
 
Alex lives in Denver, CO where she enjoys skiing, hiking, and time with friends.

Torin Spencer

Torin Spencer is an Electric Vehicle Specialist for the Electrification Coalition. His work is focused on supporting the American Cities Climate Challenge in Orlando as well as working directly with Orlando Utilities Commission on customer electric vehicle adoption.

Torin has been in the automotive sector for the last few years. He has been a sales representative at two Orlando area auto dealerships and worked directly with the public. In years prior, he assisted with conservation projects as a zoologist with the Walt Disney Company. Torin is a native Floridian originally from Tampa. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.

Alyssa Siddiqui

Alyssa Siddiqui is Managing Director of Corporate Engagement at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). She is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative strategies to enhance SAFE’s profile, expand its donor base, and develop new opportunities for engagement and growth.

Alyssa joined SAFE after over a decade at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, most recently as the Senior Director of Corporate Relations, where she led the strategy and execution of an integrated fundraising plan to achieve an annual revenue goal of over $9 million. She managed high-level corporate recruitment of new members, expanded relationships with existing clients and key stakeholders and launched the Let’s Rebuild America infrastructure initiative. Alyssa also oversaw the U.S. Chamber’s largest signature event, The Aviation Summit, held annually in Washington, DC which attracted over 900 attendees and participants, including top CEOs and industry leaders.

Alyssa began her career at the National Park Foundation working on the capital campaign for the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund. She graduated from Colby College with a Bachelors of Science in Government. She is a member of the Advisory Council, German American Aviation Heritage Foundation.

Matt Stephens-Rich

Matt has worked in transportation, energy, and alternative fuels since 2012 at the local, state, and federal levels and serves the EC as a senior program manager. Matt worked as Electric Vehicle Specialist for the Smart Columbus program, and coordinates various electric vehicle fleet deployments and charging initiatives, while also providing insight to consumer adoption. Collectively, these efforts help Columbus achieve a Smart City status that has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector through electrification and decarbonization.

Prior to joining the Electrification Coalition, Matt served as Project Manager at Clean Fuels Ohio, the nation’s largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalition.  In this role, Matt helped hundreds of fleets across Ohio cut their dependency on petroleum through deployment of alternative fuel and fuel efficient technologies, helping secure over $25 million in state and federal grant funding through the process. Matt was also a lead grant writer for the City of Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Grant Application. Matt holds a Masters in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University with a focus in Energy Policy, and a B.A. in Communication with Public Relations Certification from the University of Cincinnati.

Matt currently serves as Vice Chair for the Energy and Air Quality Working Group at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Founding Chair of the Young Professionals in Energy Columbus Chapter, and was recognized as “Person to Know in Energy” by Columbus Business First in 2017.

Jessica Stoll

Jessica is a Senior Program Associate for the Electrification Coalition.

Most recently, Jessica was a Trinity Fellow at Marquette University, completing an intensive two-year program dedicated to developing urban leaders. While in Milwaukee, she served as the operations and membership coordinator for the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, driving sustainability and equity in business operations across the state. Before that, her experience includes serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the City of Indianapolis. There she supported energy policy and electric vehicle adoption projects under the American Cities Climate Challenge. She is passionate about delivering a clean future for people and our planet.

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. She resides in Indianapolis, IN, and enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and doing yoga in her free time.

MAX TURNER

As a campaigns organizer for the Electrification Coalition, Max engages with communities to encourage and support the adoption of electric vehicles and mobilize EV stakeholders.

Prior to joining the EC team, Max interned at the EC’s sister organization SAFE where he supported research in critical minerals, strategic materials, and semiconductors. Max also served as a legislative intern in a House of Representatives office, aiding in policy recommendations and constituent relations. Max is based in Washington, D.C. and recently completed his bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University, with concentrations in environmental sustainability, global health, and national security.

Steph Wagner

As the Technical Program Associate, Steph Wagner performs analyses to determine the right fit for fleet electrification as well as assists in the development of tools and resources.

Steph has been researching energy and sustainable policy since 2019, having worked with multiple environmental advocacy non-profits. During this period, they also have been a strong advocate in Maryland-local policy while serving as a Deputy Campaign Manager for a County Council candidate. Steph holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and is a Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellowship member.
 

Eliot Huggins

As a campaigns organizer for the EC, Eliot engages with communities and stakeholders to encourage and support the adoption of electric vehicles.

Eliot began his career working for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. In this role, he supported the election of union-endorsed candidates across Michigan and connected union members to resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prior to joining the EC, Eliot worked for Dakota Resource Council, where he organized a diverse coalition of stakeholders who opposed a $5.5 billion pipeline project. The contested proceeding at the North Dakota Public Service Commission was the most extensive in the agency’s history, and ultimately resulted in a unanimous denial of the company’s application. 

Eliot is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Michigan State University, with a minor in Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy.

Lance Bultena (Board Chairman)

Lance Bultena is Senior Counsel at Hogan Lovells where he helps clients improve business outcomes by helping them to understand the regulatory and public policy environment in order to stay ahead of developments in these areas. Bultena also assists clients with crisis management; he has represented iconic American not-for-profit and major corporations in investigations conducted by Congress or administrative agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Bultena served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He gained experience in all phases of the legislative process and conducted many negotiations with the White House and Executive Agencies. 

Barry Caldwell

Barry H. Caldwell is an accomplished executive whose career and experience traverse law, public service, trade association advocacy, the C-suite and board governance. Currently he is a principal of Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC, an advisory services concern, and is providing strategic advice, direction, and support to nonprofit organizations in energy and education. He is also President of CFV Holdings LLC, a small batch winemaking concern. Prior to Wroxton, Barry enjoyed a 16-year career at Waste Management as a member of the company’s senior leadership team serving in several leadership roles including Chief People Officer, Chief Legal Officer and senior vice president of public affairs and communications. Before WM, Barry held leadership roles in government relations for CIGNA Corporation and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Barry’s public service began as counsel, and later chief of staff to United States Senator Arlen Specter. He began his professional career practicing law in Washington, DC with Kutak Rock & Campbell. Barry is a member of the board of directors of Rubicon Technologies, Inc (NYSE: RBT), a digital marketplace for waste and recycling. He also serves as vice chair of KIPP DC Public Schools, and a member of the board for each of Washington Latin Public Charter School, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and CityBridge Education. Barry holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center

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.

General Charles F. Wald

General Charles F. “Chuck” Wald was Deputy Commander, Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. USEUCOM is responsible for all United States forces operating across 91 countries in Europe, Africa, Russia, parts of Asia and the Middle East, and most of the Atlantic Ocean. He is currently a senior fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

General Wald earned his commission through the Air Force ROTC program in 1971. He has combat time as an O-2A forward air controller in Vietnam and as an F-16 pilot flying over Bosnia. The general has served as a T-37 instructor pilot and F-15 flight commander. Other duties include Chief of the United States Air Force Combat Terrorism Center, support group commander, operations group commander, and special assistant to the Chief of Staff for National Defense Review. He was also the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at Headquarters United States Air Force, and served on the Joint Staff as the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy.

General Wald commanded the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, where on Aug. 30, 1995, he led one of the wing’s initial strike packages against the ammunition depot at Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in one of the first NATO combat operations. He also commanded the 9th Air Force and United States Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., where he led the development of the Afghanistan air campaign for Operation Enduring Freedom, including the idea of embedding tactical air control parties in ground special operations forces.

Prior to retiring as a command pilot, the general logged more than 3,600 flying hours, including more than 430 combat hours over Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq and Bosnia.
Today, General Wald is a director and senior advisor to the Aerospace & Defense Industry practice for Deloitte LLP. Prior to that, he was vice president, International Programs for L-3 Communications Corporation. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at the Pentagon.

Andrew Wishnia

Andrew Wishnia brings extraordinary expertise in federal transportation and climate policy having most recently served the Biden-Harris Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy.

Andrew was an architect of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and has played an extraordinarily unique and pivotal role in crafting provisions and then deploying the transformative investments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act in ways that advanced climate health and that expanded U.S. clean technology, good paying jobs and greater environmental justice.

Prior to joining the Administration, Andrew was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Committee on Environment and Public Works in the U.S. Senate.

 During the Obama Administration, Andrew served as Special Assistant for Policy at the Federal Highway Administration, and Senior Program Manager at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Additionally, Andrew served as a legislative assistant to Congressman John Yarmuth in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 Across these many roles, Andrew has been instrumental in guiding and informing national policy, and expanding equitable and sustainable mobility choices for the American people.