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2021 Roadmap Conference Program

Adapt. Accelerate. Advance Smart Transportation.

Roadmap invites participants to "test drive the future" and learn from leaders in industry, communities, and government agencies. The conference program is organized around these tracks:

Vehicles. The Vehicles Track will focus on the rapid electrification of cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles, as well as new forms of shared, autonomous, and micromobility.
Charging. Charging infrastructure is rapidly evolving to support millions of new vehicles and drivers. The Charging Track will explore how to make charging faster and more accessible while maximizing benefits for the electrical grid.
Impact. How do we ensure new mobility services reach the communities that will benefit from them the most? The Impact Track will explore the broader ecosystem needed for the market to expand with an emphasis on equitable programs, policies, and demonstration projects.
Cutting Edge. The Cutting Edge Track will feature presentations and "ignite" style talks on the most important topics and emerging technologies in smart transportation.

Monday, June 14

All Sessions in PDTTrack 1: Vehicles

Track 2: Charging

Track 3: Impact

Track 4: Cutting Edge

8:45am-9:00am
9:00am-9:15am
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
9:15am-9:30am
Black & Veatch
President Biden's administration has announced plans to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, from growing charging infrastructure to replacing the government's fleet with electric vehicles. The Roadmap opening keynote will highlight how federal agencies are working together to advance the industry and the future of EV policy in the United States.
Pete Buttigieg | U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Administrator Michael Regan | United States Environmental Protection Agency
9:30am-9:45am
9:45am-10:15am
Smart and sustainable mobility offers key levers in the drive towards a green and low-carbon future. Increasing attention is being paid to the chances offered by sustainable mobility solutions, both in the public and private sectors. But how to scale up and accelerate? How do we ensure demand for EVs matches supply? How to broaden the uptake of EV from small to medium and heavy duty vehicles? What is needed to prevent a lack of charging infrastructure facilitates from delaying this transition? And what role does (international) cooperation play in guaranteeing this mobility transition is fair and equitable? These and other questions will be addressed in the keynote speech delivered by Kees van der Burg, who is Director-General Mobility at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands.
Kees van der Burg | Director-General, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands
10:15am-11:00am
10:20am-10:50am
Brandon Keegan | CEO, Merchants Fleet
11:00am-12:15pm As more heavy-duty vehicles electrify, how can we ensure this transition does not perpetuate historic transportation inequities and instead maximizes environmental and economic benefits to frontline communities and small businesses?
Moderator: Anand Gopal | Environmental Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Annie Gilleo | Manager of Policy & Market Development, Greenlots
Zachary Kahn | Senior Policy Advisor, Northeast, Tesla
Niki Okuk | Program Manager, CALSTART
Nicole Wong | Campaign Manager, Dream Corps Green For All
With the rise in electric car sales and commitments to phasing out ICE vehicles, careful planning and needs assessments are critical. The Biden Administration has called for over 500,000 new charging stations, and it's clear that a major expansion is needed. But what kind of charging is needed, where, by when, and for what use cases? How do we tackle "charging deserts" and ensure equitable access to clean mobility? And what are the best roles for different stakeholders in this expansion?
Moderator: Diane Turchetta | Transportation Specialist, USDOT-FHWA
Mike Buff | Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Electrify America
Daniel Francis | Director of Customer Solutions & Policy Insight, American Electric Power
Lucy McKenzie | Director, Atlas Public Policy
Amanda Pietz | Director, Climate Office, Oregon Department of Transportation
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that the future is unpredictable. Nevertheless, we have assembled a panel of futurists and analysts representing different industry sectors willing to gaze into their crystal balls and tell you what they see in terms of the major trends, threats, and opportunities for electric and smart transportation.
Moderator: John Voelcker | Automotive Journalist & Industry Analyst
Ram Chandrasekaran | Transportation & Mobility Principal Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
Derek Jones | Director, Energy Sustainability & Infrastructure, Guidehouse
Lea Malloy | Head of Research and Development, Cox Automotive Inc.
Hold on to your seats! This session will include a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, featuring smart transportation technology developments. These short-format presentations are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Karen Zelmar | Senior Vice President, Network Planning, Volta Charging
Torun Degnes | CEO, SAMS Norway
Tomoya Imazu | Head of Technical Committee, CHAdeMO Association; Deputy General Manager, e-Mobility/Project Promotion Group, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)
Matt O'Leary | Chairman and CEO, Motiv Power Systems
Andrew Milián | Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
Steven Sloop | President, OnTo Technology LLC
12:15pm-1:00pm
12:20pm-12:50pm
James Russell | Director, Transportation Electrification, CLEAResult
1:00pm-2:15pm A growing number of pilot and demonstration projects are showing the viability of electrifying school buses. How can efforts to achieve widespread electric school bus adoption meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of school districts, budgets, supporting policies to capture the grid benefits of batteries, and other key factors?
Moderator: Margarita Parra | Transportation Program Director, Clean Energy Works
Leslie Kilgore | Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Thomas Built Buses
Sue Gander | Director, Electric School Bus Initiative, World Resources Institute
Johanna Vicente | Senior National Director, Chispa
Todd Watkins | Transportation Director, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
Managing the time and manner of charging can dramatically lower its costs and increase grid benefits. Longer term, "vehicle-to-grid" programs offer even greater promise for both user and grid benefits. What are the most effective programs operating at scale today, and how do we accelerate large-scale bidirectional charging?
Moderator: Kellen Schefter | Director, Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Celia Dayagi | Head Of Product Management, Siemens
Chad Saliba | Business Development Manager, Geotab Energy
Jigar J. Shah | Manager, Distributed Energy & Grid Services, Electrify America, LLC
Marc Trahand | Executive Vice President, Marketing, Nuvve Corporation
In this interactive session, organizations representing different sectors will be given mock scenarios involving transportation challenges and then asked how they would center equity and support historically underserved communities when addressing the challenge. Bring your questions!
Moderator: Isa Gaillard | Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute
Sam Appel | California State Manager, BlueGreen Alliance
Amy Atchley | Sr. Lead EV Equity Program, Austin Energy
Monica Esparza | Trustee, Renewal of Life Land Trust
Michael Randolph | Transportation Planner, City of Oakland
Hold on to your seats! This panel will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each on a diverse range of cutting-edge topics, followed by brief Q&A periods. These short-format sessions are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Julia Rege | VP of Energy and Environment, Auto Innovators
Cristiano Facanha | Global Director, CALSTART
Michelle Kinman | Senior Director of Transportation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Dory Larsen | Electric Transportation Program Manager, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Dan O'Shea | Director, Utility Business Development, EV Infrastructure, ABB Inc.
2:15pm-2:30pm
2:30pm-2:50pm
Amy Hillman | Board President, Forth
2:50pm-3:00pm

Tuesday, June 15

All Sessions in PDTTrack 1: Vehicles

Track 2: Charging

Track 3: Impact

Track 4: Cutting Edge

7:45am-8:45am
The Coffee and Cocktail session organized by The Netherlands and Forth gives U.S. and Dutch participants the opportunity to learn from each other on important topics within sustainable mobility. In this digital edition there will be introductions from different speakers on the topics of Mobility for All, Smart Charging, and Vehicle2Grid. After the introductions there will be a short panel discussion, giving the audience the opportunity to ask questions and look for cooperative opportunities. Before and after the session everybody is welcome in the virtual exhibit hall Dutch Pavilion to explore business opportunities with the Dutch participants.

Sign-up requested. Please indicate when registering for Roadmap if you plan to attend.
8:45am-9:00am
9:00am-9:05am
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
9:05am-10:00am
Unprecedented US investment in smart transportation is on the horizon, which soon will add momentum to an already rapidly growing market. This plenary convenes leaders from across the sector who will discuss the importance of centering diversity, equity and inclusion to share their recommendations and insights on how the wide range of industry players can drive the acceleration of equitable transportation electrification to be more diverse and inclusive.
Moderator: Monica Araya | Distinguished Fellow, Global Electric Campaign
Geraldine Barnuevo Cruz | Senior Manager, Environmental Strategies & Sustainability, GM
Rose McKinney-James | Board Chair, Energy Foundation
Cathy Zoi | CEO, EVgo
10:00am-10:30am
10:00am-10:30am
Cenex (UK + Netherland), Forth, and uYilo launched the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership (GSMP) in 2020 to help drive zero-emission transportation solutions around the world. The partnership works in regions, countries and cities in a consulting capacity to share best practices and lessons learned on mobility decarbonization strategies and programs. Join this mini session to learn about GSMP's first projects with the organizations' leaders and why they see international collaboration as key to advancing clean transportation in the coming years.
Esther van Bergen | General Manager, Cenex Nederland
Hiten Parmar | Director, uYilo eMobility Program, South Africa
Robert Evans | CEO, Cenex
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
10:30am-11:45am The increasing number of commitments to 100% new ZEV sales means the future of dealerships will be centered on EV inventory. How are dealers getting better at effectively selling electric vehicles, and what can stakeholders do to support these efforts? How are new programs and technologies streamlining the buying process?
Moderator: Connor Herman | Program Manager, Forth
Steve Martini | Western Regional Vice President, Audi of America
John Morris | Sr. Director Electric Transportation, D+R International
Alisa Reinhardt | Director of Government Affairs, California New Car Dealers Association
Kathryn Urquhart | Program Director, Plug In America
As more employees begin returning to in-person work, how can we encourage and support them in choosing electric transportation? How does that effort complement work to promote cycling, transit, and telecommuting, and what will commuting look like in the years ahead?
Moderator: Sarah Olexsak | Manager, Transportation Electrification, Duquesne Light Company
Lyndel Fusello | Transportation Program Manager, Bus Operations, Workforce Services, Genentech SSF
Sohier Hall | Head of Luum
David Straus | Executive Director, Association for Commuter Transportation
Kelly Yearick | Program Manager, Forth
What on-the-ground efforts, policies, and partnerships are needed to electrify ride-hailing and ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft by supporting drivers to transition to EVs?
Moderator: Christal Beauclaire Reyes | Events & Marketing Associate, Forth
Raven Hernandez | CEO & Founder, Earth Rides
Jessica Jinn | Climate Advisor, Transportation, American Cities Climate Challenge, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Los Angeles
Sarah McKearnan | Senior Policy Advisor, NESCAUM
Jon Walker | Sustainability Policy Manager, Lyft
As more countries and regions around the world invest in electric and smart mobility, the market continues to expand. Hear from a variety of countries and regions at different stages of electric vehicle deployment and how they are incorporating clean vehicle options to their transportation systems.
Moderator: Keith Budden | Head of Business Development, Cenex
Edem Foli | Program Manager, uYilo eMobility Program, South Africa
Judith Oginga-Martins | Sustainable Mobility Expert & Researcher, Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)- UN Habitat
Fernando Saka | Executive Director, Metropolitan Public Transport, Santiago, Chile
Harm Weken | Managing Partner, FIER Automotive & Mobility
11:45am-12:30pm
12:30pm-1:45pm What are the prospects and opportunities to regain and increase the adoption of electric micro-mobility in a post-COVID world? How could a more coordinated national strategy for the "new normal" support a robust, equitable, and sustainable micro-mobility ecosystem?
Moderator: Samantha Herr | Executive Director, North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA)
Brodie Hylton | CEO, Cascadia Mobility Inc.
Jeff Price | Transportation Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
Creighton Randall | CEO and Principal Consultant, Mobility Development
Michael Schwartz | Head of Customers and Policy, Ride Report
As we move to rapidly electrify medium and heavy-duty vehicles with larger batteries, we will need to quickly scale the installation of charging stations. How should heavy-duty charging infrastructure be tailored to match the vehicles travel patterns and growing demand?
Moderator: Surya Swamy | Senior Director, Fleet Solutions, EVgo
Lisa Arellanes | eMobility Senior Manager of Business Development & Partnerships, Southern California Edison
Bill Bliem | SVP of Fleet Services, NFI Industries
Rustam Kocher | Transportation Electrification, PGE
Michael McDonald | Director of Sustainability and Government Affairs, United Parcel Service (UPS)
How are current programs around the U.S. elevating social justice and clean transportation? What considerations should be taken into account to ensure clean transportation options best fit the transportation needs of historically underserved communities?
Moderator: Quincy Brown | Co-Founder and Principle Consultant, We All Rise
Alexa Diaz | Policy Manager, Forth
Dr. Shelley Francis | Co-Founder, EVHybridNoire
Marcus Gilmore | Senior Manager of Transportation and Infrastructure Programs, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
Raquel Leon | Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Hold on to your seats! This session will include a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each, with brief Q&A periods afterwards, highlighting autonomous mobility advancements. These short-format talks are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Paul Stith | Director, Global Transportation Initiatives, Black & Veatch
Mandy Bishop | Deputy Director of Public Service/Smart Columbus Program Manager, City of Columbus
Crijn Bouman | CEO & Co-Founder, ROCSYS
Maxime Gariel | Chief Technology Officer, Xwing
1:45pm-2:00pm
2:00pm-2:30pm

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has been a longtime supporter of transportation electrification. This Congress, Senator Merkley has introduced the Electric Cars Act, which would extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years and help to deploy critical charging infrastructure, and the Climate Smart Ports Act, which would assist ports and port users by replacing cargo handling equipment, port harbor craft, cargo delivery trucks, and more with zero-emissions equipment and technology. In addition to being a legislative champion for electric vehicles-from buses to personal cars-Senator Merkley is a leader in pushing for the rapid transition away from fossil fuels and drives an electric car. In fact, in 2012, he drove an electric car the entire West Coast-from the Washington border to the California border-to celebrate the completion of the West Coast Electric Highway, one of the nation's first electric vehicle charging corridors. The "Oil-Free Across Oregon" tour was over Independence Day weekend to highlight how electric vehicles give us independence from foreign oil. Senator Merkley will sit down with Forth's Executive Director Jeff Allen for a fireside-style talk to discuss how far we've come in the past decade, and the work we must do in the coming decade to transition the country to a fully electric future.

Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
Senator Jeff Merkley | Oregon, United States Senate
2:30pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, June 16

All Sessions in PDTTrack 1: Vehicles

Track 2: Charging

Track 3: Impact

Track 4: Cutting Edge

8:45am-9:00am
9:00am-9:15am
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
9:15am-9:45am
9:15am-9:45am
Mike Calise | President of the Americas, Tritium
9:45am-11:00am The promise of hydrogen-powered vehicles in the clean energy economy has been slow to materialize, especially outside of California. However, the past year has seen progress in a number of areas. What's new, what's coming, and what will it take to bring FCEVs out of California?

Sponsored by:

Moderator: Cheshta Balwani | C&I Renewable and Mobility Energy Specialist, Black & Veatch Corporation
Analisa Bevan | Zero Emission Infrastructure Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Wayne Leighty | Hydrogen Commercial Manager, North America, Shell
Gary Ivory | Assistant Manager, Douglas County PUD
Jason Sekhon | Advanced Technology Research Sr. Consultant, Toyota
Approximately 80 million people in the U.S. - almost a quarter of the population - live in multi-unit dwellings such as apartments and condominiums. Rapidly increasing charging options at MUDs will be essential to transportation electrification growth, but how do we accelerate this work and ensure equitable access to e-mobility options for MUD residents?
Moderator: John Kalb | Founder, EV Charging Pros
Matt Abbott | Director Of Sustainability, Giv Group
Jennifer Green | Director of Sustainability and Workforce Development, Burlington Electric Department
Eric Huang | Program Manager, Forth
Kevin Wood | Technical Project Manager, Energetics
How are federal agencies working together to support decarbonization and the electrification of everything that moves? Learn how federal agencies, as part of the new administration, are coordinating efforts to advance the smart transportation industry in the new administration.

Sponsored by:

Moderator: Jeanette Shaw | Senior Director, Public Affairs and Policy, Forth
Michael Berube | Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, US Department of Energy
Karl Simon | Director, Transportation and Climate Division, US EPA
Andrew Wishnia | Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
Hold on to your seats! This panel will feature a half-dozen "ignite" style talks of 5 to 7 minutes each on a diverse range of cutting-edge topics, followed by brief Q&A periods. These short-format sessions are guaranteed to get you talking!
Moderator: Tim McMahan | Partner, Stoel Rives
Josh Boone | Founding Executive Director, Veloz
Evette Ellis | Chief Workforce Officer, ChargerHelp, Inc.
Alissa Burger | Policy Manager, Electrification Coalition
Matt Macunas | Legislative Liaison and Associate Director of Transportation Initiatives, Connecticut Green Bank
Maurice Muia | Climate Advisor, St. Louis | Councilman
Henry A. Balensifer III | Manager of Marketing and Government Relations, JBT LEKTRO, Inc.
11:00am-11:30am
11:00am-11:30am
From a small business electrifying its fleet to a large utility company planning for a resilient electrical grid, the physical infrastructure necessary to power exponential growth in EV adoption is a critical hurdle on our path to fighting climate change. The costs associated with installing charging stations and upgrading electrical equipment are significant and often misunderstood. We are now at an inflection point. Today, a critical mass of EVs and charging stations have been deployed, producing emerging standards of practice, analytical tools and innovative technologies that can not only mitigate cost but improve the overall value proposition for vehicle electrification. This session will explore some of the products and tools that may be used to better plan, implement and operate EV charging stations now and into the future.
François Detroux | Business Development Executive, ENGIE Global Industrial Hub
Camron Gorguinpour | Director, Sustainability Solutions, ENGIE Impact
Jim Johnson | Director, Strategic Partnerships - North America, EVBox
11:30am-12:45pm How can transit systems battered by the pandemic survive and rebuild by deploying electric buses and other innovative technologies? What role can partnerships with other mobility providers, such as micro-mobility providers and ride-share operators, play in this recovery? How can we ensure this recovery better serves those most dependent on transit?
Moderator: Thomas Brennan | Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
Cassandra Martin | Rad Mobile Support Supervisor, Rad Power Bikes
Mike Rimoin | Innovative Mobility Program Lead, King County Metro
Mariia Zimmerman | Founder and Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC
With climate change impacts and increasing intensity and frequency of wildfires and storms, EVs can provide power and support when the grid is down. What current projects and case studies are showcasing large-scale implications for the future?
Moderator: Tyler Hughes | Supervising Electrical Engineer, WSP
Chris Bilby | Research and Programs Engineer, Holy Cross Energy
Lauren Burke | Senior Director, Marketing & Development, EnelX
David Slutzky | CEO, President, & Founder, Fermata Energy
Jason Zimbler | Project Manager, Clean Transportation, NYSERDA
Many cities, states, and countries are committing to all new vehicles sold being electric in 10-15 years. This panel will assume we reach that goal across the US and work backwards: What supporting policies, partnerships, and investments were needed? What bumps did we hit along the way? And what did it mean for jobs, the industry, and all those old internal combustion vehicles?
Moderator: Britta Gross | Managing Director, Carbon Free Mobility Global Program, Rocky Mountain Institute
Alex Keros | Lead Architect, EV Infrastructure, Global Product Development, GM
Nadia El Mallakh | VP of Strategic Partnerships & Ventures, Xcel Energy
Natasha Robinson | Joint Head of Office of Low Emission Vehicles
Will Toor | Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
Electric and smart transportation programs and policies are widespread in urban areas, but what about communities in rural regions? What current projects and programs are bringing smart transportation options to rural areas? How do the challenges of incorporating new transportation technologies differ compared to urban communities?
Moderator: Biljana "Billie" Kaumaya | Legislative Affairs Director, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Bridget Callahan | Senior Energy Program Manager, Sustainable Northwest
David Roberts | Senior Consultant, VEIC
Curtis Wynn | President & CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
12:45pm-1:15pm
12:45pm-1:15pm
1:15pm-2:00pm
Join us for the final plenary at the Roadmap Conference as we gather our previous and current Career Achievement Roadmap Award winners. The panel will reflect on the key milestones over the smart transportation industry's history that have gotten us to this point, as well as what key milestones lie ahead to ensure we're on the right path to a full transformation of our transportation systems.
Moderator: Chelsea Sexton | Electric Car Advocate and Advisor
Takafumi Anegawa | President of Research Institute, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO)
Britta Gross | Managing Director, Mobility, Rocky Mountain Institute
Mary Nichols | Former Chair, California Air Resources Board
2:00pm-2:15pm