Electric School Buses: The Opportunity for Michigan

On May 10, 2023, the Electrification Coalition and World Resources Institute hosted a roundtable on the wide-ranging benefits of electric school buses and Michigan’s window of opportunity to accelerate deployment.

The roundtable featured remarks from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, as well as other government officials, industry experts, advocates, and school districts on the front lines. A full speaker list from the roundtable is below. 

Slide decks from the roundtable: 

Click here to access our video: Deploying Electric School Buses in Zeeland, Michigan

School bus electrification will improve health and academic outcomes for young people, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and expand the green economy. These benefits are especially important for high-pollution corridors, and Black, Hispanic, and low-income households, which are disproportionately exposed to health risks.

Click here to access the full roundtable agenda.


  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer
  • U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell
  • State Rep.  Ranjeev Puri, District 24
  • Sue Gander, director, Electric School Bus Initiative
  • Janine Ward, program manager, Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification
  • Cathy Cole, director of strategic operations division, Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Cory Connolly, climate and energy advisor, Michigan DOE
  • Amaad Hardy, director of policy and engagement, Greater Grand Rapids NAACP
  • Nina Wemberley, project coordinator, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision
  • Kareem Scales, CEO & founder, Scales Consulting, co-chair, C-4
  • Leah Brams, market development associate, Highland Electric Fleets
  • Dick Johnson, sales manager, Borg Warner
  • Mujeeb Ijaz, founder & CEO, Our Next Energy
  • Nate Baguio, senior VP of commercial development, The Lion Electric Co.
  • Francisco J. Acevedo, mobile source program manager, U.S. EPA, Region 5
  • Michelle Levinson, manager of eMobility financial solutions, WRI
  • Kindra Weid, RN, BSN, MPH, coalition coordinator, MI Air & Mi Health
  • Bethany Tabor, commercial electric vehicles project manager, Electric Transportation Consumer Products
  • Stephen C. Seelye, superintendent, Pellston Public Schools
  • Kenni Jean Schrader, transportation supervisor, Three Rivers Community Schools
  • Milena Marku, manager of EV strategy & programs, CTE Electrification Business Development
  • Aaron Viles, director of campaigns, Electrification Coalition

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.