Energy Security Fellows Program

Energy Security Fellows Program

The SAFE Energy Security Fellows Program provides the next generation of energy and national security professionals with access to high-level programming and networking opportunities to connect individuals who are passionate about advancing a national conversation on the future of American energy security.


Joel Acosta

Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

Joel Acosta is a Director in FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications practice in Washington, DC. Joel is part of the Energy & Natural Resources segment, working across the Latin American Energy and Industrials teams.

For the past six years, Joel has worked as an energy consultant and public affairs specialist, focusing on the US and Latin American energy industries. At FTI, Joel has advised energy companies on their public affairs strategies, helping them navigate complex cross-border policy and regulatory issues. Joel was a founding member of the Strategic Communications practice in the Mexico City office, helping build the team from two to seven members.

Before joining FTI, Joel was part of the IHS-Markit global team, where he oversaw the Mexican presidential delegation’s visit to the CERAWEEK 2016 Conference.

Prior to that, Joel served as a political advisor to the Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and also to the Director of the National Migration Institute (INM) at the Ministry of Interior. At SRE, Joel assisted in the organization of the 2015 Ibero-American Summit, which convened 19 heads of state/government. At INM, Joel helped overseeing the Institute’s migratory safety programs, including the Beta Groups, responsible of guaranteeing safe passage to immigrants across Mexico.

He started his career as a trainee at the International Energy Agency (IEA) assisting the Head of Latin America.

Joel holds a BA in International Relations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus, and a specialization in Energy and Environment Policy and Management at the Latin American Faculty Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO-Mexico). Joel is fluent in Spanish, English and French and proficient in Portuguese.

Shawn D. Affolter

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs, US Department of Energy

Shawn Affolter is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the agency’s principal liaison to the U.S. Senate and provides strategic advice to Departmental leadership on Congressional matters.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Shawn worked for U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND).  In this capacity, Shawn helped advance key energy priorities including pipeline and transmission infrastructure policies, public-private research partnerships, advanced energy technology initiatives, and federal permitting reform. In his work for Senator Hoeven, Shawn gained unique experience in advancing legislative priorities through Senate committees, including the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he helped manage over 200 efforts including hearings, oversight and budget hearings, legislative mark-ups, and considering agency nominations.

Mr. Affolter is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science. Shawn is also a co-founder of the Pilgrim Project Foundation which advances scholarship opportunities for young adults to experience Christian pilgrimages across the world.

Areg Bagdasarian

Senior Project Manager, Appteon, Inc.

Areg Bagdasarian is an energy industry analyst and IT project manager. Having approached the energy world from the electric grid transformation perspective, he has worked closely with utilities and federal clients on consumer engagement projects and incorporating more renewables onto the grid for over 10 years. He is particularly interested in furthering electric vehicle charging infrastructure through legislation and technology advancements including managed charging for powering EVs when renewable resources are the most plentiful. He is the author of several energy articles and market studies and has interviewed dozens of industry subject matter experts for his research. He is a graduate of Tufts University with an M.B.A from Pepperdine University.

Lauren Barney

Research Analyst, SOS International

Lauren Barney is a research analyst at SOS International, LLC, where she focuses on national security topics.  Prior to joining SOS International, Lauren spent time at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She earned a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Conflict Management and a graduate certificate from the Hopkins Nanjing Center in Chinese Studies, with a focus on energy resource conflict in the South China Sea. Hailing from the City of Champions, Lauren is an avid Steelers fan and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Chinese and Political Science. Lauren is proficient in Mandarin, Persian (Farsi), and Hebrew.

Harry Baumgarten

Vice President, Grundy Industrial Complex

Harry Baumgarten is Vice President of the Grundy Industrial Complex (“Grundy Commons”), a commercial real estate company that manages a centuries’ old textile building in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The facility houses a rye whiskey distillery, boxing gym, ballet studio, and numerous other small businesses. He is also the Deputy Campaign Manager of an active congressional campaign and in the process of launching a non-profit organization dedicated to combatting bigotry through photography.

Baumgarten previously worked at a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia, where he focused on judicial nominations in the United States Senate. Prior to his non-profit work, Baumgarten was Legislative Director and Counsel to a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman and to the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

He is a member of the New York State Bar and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Harry is also a current Vice Chair of the Middle East Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section.

Michael Bernstein

Client Development Manager, Schneider Electric

Michael Bernstein is currently a Client Development Manager at Schneider Electric where he serves as a trusted advisor to private sector leaders managing their energy and sustainability portfolio. A constant advocate for thoughtful action, Michael works with companies to track their energy use and identify pathways to meet sustainability goals. Michael joined Schneider Electric after more than a decade in policy focused on energy, innovation and sustainability, crafting thought leadership and engaging in a national conversation to catalyze innovations ushering in a resource-productive, low-carbon future. In his free time, Michael enjoys being outdoors with his wife and dog, and continuing his quest to make the perfect pizza.

Sanjeet Deka

Manager, Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte and Touche

Sanjeet Deka is currently a Manager in Deloitte’s Risk and Financial Advisory practice, and has over 10 years of experience in strengthening federal and commercial decision-making in complex economic and geopolitical environments. Sanjeet provides support as a Policy Advisor to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. CFIUS is an interagency committee authorized to review foreign investment transactions to determine their effects on U.S. national security. Sanjeet reviews transactions involving various types of critical technology, critical infrastructure, and sensitive data. Sanjeet’s committee experiences span across a broad number of emerging technologies including batteries, autonomous driving, advanced manufacturing/metal forging, and power & utilities production.

Prior to Deloitte, Sanjeet served as an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff) where he designed, developed and executed strategic level war games, tabletop exercises, and scenarios for NDU students (senior military and civilian leaders) in pursuit of the Chairman’s Joint Professional Military Education mission. His exercises primarily focused on grand strategy and the utilization of national resources to address geo-economic considerations involving the hydrocarbon and aerospace/defense industries. Sanjeet also designed strategic level exercises for the White House, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and international military delegations.

Sanjeet has a BS in Political Science from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Global Policy Studies degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also PMP certified.

Courtney Ehrlichman

Founder and CEO, Ehrlichman Group

Courtney is the founder and CEO of the Ehrlichman Group, a consultancy helping startups, corporations, and government agencies navigate the mobility industry, develop products to fit the market, design policy that fosters innovation, and invest in technology that positively impacts communities. Select engagements include the City of Pittsburgh, Ford Smart Mobility and the Nebraska and Minnesota transportation departments. She is also the co-founder and advisor of Roadbotics, which was just named one of the World Economic Forums Tech Pioneers of 2020.

Prior to this, Courtney was the Deputy Executive Director of the Traffic21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. In this role, she Designed over $90M in federally-funded applied research and real-world deployment projects across five colleges on campus, managing researchers from the Robotics Institute to the Remaking Cities Institute; co-authored and served as Mobility Analytics Lead for Smart PGH application to USDOT Smart City Challenge which was one of 7 semi-finalists; and co-authored winning grant proposals for USDOT University Transportation Research Center program (placed as 1 in 5 National level centers, twice), FHWA Connected Vehicle Test Bed, and Advanced Traffic Congestion and Management Technologies Deployment Program, among much more.

Courtney has written extensively on mobility, transportation and urban development, and has been published and quoted in a variety of media outlets including NPR, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Drive, and PBS Newshour.

Ashley Johnson

Assistant Director, Energy and Environmental Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research

Ashley Johnson is Assistant Director of the Energy and Environmental Affairs team at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) where she manages NBR’s initiatives on energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic development. Her expertise has been featured in various media outlets, including Nikkei Asian Review, the Guardian, and BBC World News and her publications include “Make Room for Nuclear in the Green New Deal,” “Strengthening the U.S.-ROK Alliance for Job Creation and Sustainable Development,” and “Bangladesh’s Climate Change Challenge.” Ms. Johnson received her MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with concentrations in international economics and energy, resources, and the environment. She also holds a graduate certificate in Chinese-American Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and a BA in International Studies from Southwestern University.

Michael Hochberg

Renewable Energy Project Developer, Hecate Energy

Michael Hochberg is a renewable energy project developer at Hecate Energy, where he focuses on origination and development of renewable power projects across the US and internationally. Michael was also a 2020 fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and maintains a research affiliation with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he was formerly the OIES-Saudi Aramco Fellow. He previously spent five years as a management consultant in the Global Energy & Utilities practice of PA Consulting, where he helped launch and grow the firm’s Mexico City office from two to more than ten consultants, and worked with clients across the US and Latin America on market reform and regulatory challenges. In addition to holding a master’s degree in energy economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Michael graduated summa cum laude with a B.A from Tulane University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain.

Louisa Keeler

Advocate Associate, Project on Middle East Democracy

Louisa Keeler is the advocacy associate at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how the United States can best support genuine democratic development and the practice of democratic principles in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining POMED, she was at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where she served as the managing editor of Fikra Forum, a bilingual Arabic-English blog covering Middle Eastern affairs and U.S. policy in the region. She graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in Political Science and studied Arabic in Oman.

Lieutenant Clif Luber

Operational Logistics Officer, Joint Staff Logistics Directorate

Clif Luber currently serves as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2014 where he majored in Political Science and was named a Truman Scholar. After graduation, he worked at the White House for the Vice President’s National Security Affairs Office assisting with national security policy and speechwriting. He has been stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI where he served on a destroyer, hospital ship, and submarine. He currently serves on the Joint Staff J4 Logistics Directorate at the Pentagon. Clif is a Missouri native and enjoys supporting all Missouri professional sports, as well as skiing, golfing, running, and weight-lifting.

Matt Manning

Legislative Specialist, Department of Energy

Matthew Manning’s work in energy policy spans domestic and international portfolios.  At the US Department of Energy’s Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs, he advises Departmental leadership on cybersecurity, domestic nuclear energy product, and advanced energy development. Elsewhere in the Department of Energy, Matt has served as an Energy Advisor at the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia, and covered oil and gas markets at the Energy Information Administration.  Prior executive branch experience includes working on offshore energy issues, including oil spill prevention and offshore wind development, at the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement.  He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.  In a previous life, Matt taught Russian and English at the secondary and postsecondary level.

Meredith Mazzotta

Strategy & Resourcing Team Lead, Navy Yard, Deloitte

Meredith Mazzotta is a seasoned consultant for Department of Defense components and agencies, specializing in strategic communications and business transformation within the energy security and business management sectors. As a specialist master at Deloitte Consulting, LLC, Ms. Mazzotta supports business development in sustainability and energy. Prior to becoming a consultant, Ms. Mazzotta was a broadcast and multimedia journalist for various local and national outlets. She also spent nearly six years working in domestic and global health advocacy, specifically for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Ms. Mazzotta received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School, where she was a Carnegie-Knight Fellow. She earned her BS in economics with Provost’s honors from the University of California at San Diego, where she spent 8 months studying abroad at La Universidad de Costa Rica. Ms. Mazzotta is also an active freelance multimedia producer and is the senior producer of the Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, a publication of Oxford University Press. She is the adoring mother of a very active 4-year-old boy and 6-year-old daughter, and wife to an active duty service member who she accompanied on a 3-year tour supporting the Navy in Naples, Italy.

Asher Meyers

Data Scientist, Deloitte

Asher Meyers currently works as a data scientist for Deloitte serving the US Government, and has previously supported the US Air Force, NASA and NATO as a cost estimator for aerospace materiel.

He also has a strong interest in the efficient use of energy and space in cities, having worked as the lead analyst at a transportation technology firm and conducted urban research for his masters program in data science at the City University of New York. He also holds a bachelors degree from Cornell University in economics.

Dr. Morgan Putnam

Founder and Principal, NGI Consulting

Dr. Putnam spent the first fifteen years of his career working in the solar industry before transitioning to transportation electrification at the start of 2020. His accomplishments include developing financial products that have supported over 350 MW of solar deployment, advancing the interconnection process for distributed solar assets, modeling high-penetration renewable futures via the MN Solar Pathways project, and raising over $8 million in private and public funding to support new product development. Currently, Morgan is the head of NGI Consulting, a consulting company he formed at the start of 2020 to focus on the grid integration challenges that will arise from transportation electrification.

Morgan holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech. His thesis focused on the development of next-generation solar cells and led to a venture-backed startup. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


Professional Highlights

Dr. Abigail Regitsky

Professional Staff Member, House Select Committee on Climate Crisis

Abigail Regitsky is a Professional Staff Member on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Previously, she was a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow working on energy and environment issues in the office of Senator Tina Smith. Abigail received a PhD in materials science and engineering from MIT.

Whitney Roberts

Global Public Policy Lead of Advanced Vehicles, General Motors

Whitney Roberts is Policy Lead of Advanced Vehicles at General Motors Company.  She is responsible for identifying energy strategies, partnerships, and policies required to enable the broad market commercialization of GM’s alternative fuel technology programs, including plug-in battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.  Through her work, Roberts envisions a cleaner and safer environment for future generations.

Roberts has an extensive and diverse background in regulations and certification of vehicles.  Prior to becoming Advanced Vehicle Policy Lead, Roberts worked as a Type Approval Engineer within GM’s Global Regulations and Certification team.  In this role she type-approved the Cadillac CT6 for global markets, lead certification for GM North America Korean export vehicles, and was subject matter expert for global interior fittings regulations.

After graduating from Michigan State where she was a four-year letter winner on the women’s varsity swim team, she attended Cooley Law School where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree.  From there, she joined Nissan North America where she worked as a homologation engineer and became involved on the operations board of SAE Detroit.

In 2013 she received the SAE Detroit Outstanding Younger Member Award and is the 2020 & 2021 Chairman.  She is also involved with SAE International, participating in the Annual Giving Committee. Roberts grew up in Michigan with her family.  She now resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan with her husband Chip and their son Caz, with another baby boy on the way.

Dr. Claudette Rosado-Reyes

Expert Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

My scientific and technical career started with the completion of a BS degree in Environmental Sciences, where I obtained a fundamental understanding of 1) the interactions among physical, chemical, and biological processes, 2) their socio-economical and legal aspects, and 3) their application to environmental quality, planning, and sustainability. I then completed my PhD in Chemistry from Purdue University.  For my doctoral research I developed new theoretical foundations and experimental methods to measure gas-phase kinetics, thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy of species relevant to the Earth’s atmosphere and high-temperature oxidation environments. After completing my PhD in 2006, I went to the National Institute of Standards and Technology under a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine/National Research Council Associateship to work as an experimentalist to investigate the thermal and kinetic stability of organic molecules, the main constituents of transportation fuels (petroleum based and biofuels).  After eight years as a principal investigator, I had the opportunity to teach Chemistry at the College level. Last, I had the privilege to become an AAAS Science and Technology (S&T) Policy Fellow hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Science, supporting its portfolio of national and international energy-cooperation programs. Throughout my career I have supported the S&T community as a subject matter expert and reviewer in a variety of capacity, recently for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to provide the relevant scientific information as key input into international climate change negotiations.

Katie Sarro

Director of Policy, Business Roundtable

Katie Sarro is a director of policy for the Business Roundtable. She is primarily responsible for developing policy positions and advocating on federal legislative and regulatory issues related to energy and environment, infrastructure and smart regulation.

Prior to joining Business Roundtable, Ms. Sarro was a senior policy director at the Council on Competitiveness where she managed the association’s energy and manufacturing portfolio. She previously worked as an account manager at a communications and public affairs firm in Washington, DC, where she developed and implemented strategies for public and private sector clients including the Government of Guyana and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association.

Ms. Sarro began her career at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), first at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and then at the North America regional office in Washington, DC.

Ms. Sarro received a B.A. in economics and political science and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MBA from the University of Geneva.

Andrew Terrell

International political economist, entrepreneur, and technology consultant

Andrew S. Terrell is an international political economist, entrepreneur, and technology consultant.

He has more than a decade of experience in international business and public affairs. Over that time, he has had the honor of serving cabinet secretaries, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and over 140 public and private sector organizations. Mr. Terrell has served the White House’s National Economic Council and advised on a variety of public policy issues, ranging from inequality to energy. Until recently, he served as British Consul of Business & Government Affairs, where he was dedicated to strengthening the transatlantic alliance. Mr. Terrell also serves as a Sr. Policy Consultant on emerging technologies at Ardent Management Consulting.

“I enjoy exploring and working across disciplines. The interesting preface to working on energy is that, whether most of us realize or not, it is the final frontier of economics. On top of that, it is also incredibly interesting science, which is my first passion.”

Andrew is originally from Western North Carolina and has lived and studied throughout Asia, Europe, N. America, and S. America. He is a graduate of Warwick University in the United Kingdom, where studied Economics, Law, and International Political Economy. His published work includes the research behind the 2017 book Capitalists Arise! End Economic Inequality, Grow the Middle Class, Heal the Nation, written with Chairman Emeritus Peter Georgescu of Young & Rubicam.

Major Ryan Tice

Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy

Ryan Tice is from New Jersey and is a career Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his 13-year career, Ryan has led at various levels, deploying overseas four times to dozens of countries conducting counter-insurgency operations and training with US allies and partners. His last deployment was in a leadership role as the Operations Officer for an 800-person task force whose mission was to assist the Iraqi Security Forces in defeating the Islamic State militarily in Anbar Province. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montclair State University and an M.A. in Security Studies with a regional focus on Eurasia from the Naval Postgraduate School. His energy-related research interests include understanding the role of militarized resource companies in future conflicts, the application of micro-grid technology in support of expeditionary military operations, and how Russia uses private military and security contractors to secure energy infrastructure in the Middle East and Africa.

Ivan Urlaub

Chief, Strategy and Innovation, NC Sustainable Energy Association

In January of 2020, Ivan Urlaub stepped into the role of Chief, Strategy and Innovation of

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association after serving nearly 15 years as NCSEA’s Executive Director. Ivan originally joined NCSEA in 2005 as Policy Director to translate NCSEA’s volunteer educational and policy leadership into a robust energy policy institution.

As one of the top clean energy leaders in the Southeast, Ivan provides the strategic vision for transforming our energy system and economy through both public policy and market solutions. He consistently leads with a vision of North Carolina where the financial incentives of regulation and the interests of all consumers, utilities, energy industry, communities, and government are aligned so that we all achieve and share in the benefits of universally affordable and accessible clean energy for all.

Ivan is an original lab team member of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s national Electricity Innovations Laboratory (e-Lab), served on three e-Lab Accelerator teams, founder of the NC Clean Energy Business Alliance, served on the Three Zeros Advisory Board at UNC-Chapel Hill, serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of OUR&D, and is on the Board of Directors of EarthShareNC.

From 2006-2010, Ivan co-led the creation and implementation of the NC Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) and served two terms on the NC Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change. Prior to his 15 years advancing sustainable energy, Ivan ensured U.S. and military oil pipelines had adequate worst-case scenario emergency response plans and resources in place. He worked for five years on conflict resolution over water resources in the Mideast and North Africa, where he gained experience and insights highly applicable to resolving North Carolina and the Southeast’s energy challenges of today.

A graduate of Leadership NC and an Eagle Scout, Ivan has most recently been recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 2015 Energy Leader for North Carolina, by the NC Business Council in 2017 for his visionary leadership in climate and energy and was named Audubon NC’s 2019 Clean Energy Champion. Ivan holds both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, where he focused on climate science, economic globalization, and energy. In his free time, Ivan is a baseball fanatic, enjoys the fellowship and father-child activities of YMCA programs and volunteerism, coaching little league, playing the piano, surfing, generally loving all things related to the coast and mountains, and North Carolina’s minor league baseball teams.

Valentin Villalbi

Senior Manager, Deloitte’s Infrastructure and Project Finance, Deloitte

Valentin Villalbi is a senior manager in Deloitte’s Infrastructure and Project Finance practice with more than 15 years of experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors. After starting his career as a chemical engineer working on upstream oil and gas projects in Latin America, Africa, and Europe, Mr. Villalbi is now focusing on supporting the early-stage development of large energy and infrastructure projects in the US and overseas. He brings deep financial and business analysis skills across all infrastructure asset classes from production sharing contracts to transportation public-private partnerships. He advises federal, state and local government and private sector entities on the funding, financing, procurement and operation of infrastructure assets in the US and overseas. He has experience in the natural resources, power, and transportation (roads, light rail, ports) industries.

Jeff Wilson

Director of Government and Public Affairs, WPX Energy

Jeff Wilson currently serves as the Director of Government and Public Affairs for WPX Energy where he leads the company’s efforts fostering relationships with federal, state, local and tribal officials as well as with a broad array of regulatory bodies and outside stakeholders.

Prior to WPX, Wilson served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at SandRidge Energy. While there, he initiated efforts to communicate broadly with the public on critical issues such as induced seismicity and water use in oil and gas operations.

From 2010 to 2014, Wilson served as the Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He also served on the staff of United States Senator James Inhofe and led the One Oklahoma Coalition, a non-partisan advocacy campaign responsible for the defeat of State Question 744.

Wilson currently serves on the boards of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the Council for a Secure America and on the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. He previously served on the executive committee and board of directors of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and is a trustee of the Bethany Public Schools Foundation.

Wilson holds a MA in Global Affairs and a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Oklahoma.

David Winfrey

Legislative Assistant, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12)

David Winfrey serves as Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he is responsible for a number of policy issues. David advises the Congresswoman on Transportation, Trade, Financial Services, Criminal Justice, Tax, Small Business, Homeland Security, Immigration, and Agriculture issues. Having spent nearly 4 years on Capitol Hill, he has developed extensive knowledge of the Appropriations Committee and the House of Representatives legislative process.

Prior to working for Ranking Member Granger, David served as legislative staff to retired Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21). Earlier in his career on Capitol Hill, David worked for Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Sangina Wright

Research and Policy Assistant, United States House of a Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Gina Wright is a research and policy assistant for the United States House of a Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where she serves as the principal advisor for the Committee’s sustainable transportation portfolio. She is responsible for leading the development and advancement of legislation for advanced vehicle technologies, bioenergy, and hydrogen and fuel cell research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Wright held various other positions within the US House of Representatives. She has completed energy and environment graduate coursework and received her bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of several local and national professional organizations dedicated to transportation, energy, and the environment.

She currently helps to lead Capitol Hill’s Clean Energy and Technology Staff Association, where she oversees strategic leadership, membership expansion strategy, establishing industry partnerships, and the development, coordination, and management of educational programs. Her volunteer work also includes tutoring children in math and reading, as well as other community outreach programs.

Rachel Zack

Policy Director, Remix, Inc.

Rachel Zack is the Director of Policy at Remix, a transportation start-up that empowers over 350 cities to manage all aspects of transportation and create equitable, safe, and accessible outcomes. Her passion for her work stems from her many years of advising on cutting edge transportation problems, such as TNC regulation (Uber and Lyft), road usage pricing, congestion pricing, express lanes, and planning for autonomous vehicles.

Before joining Remix, Rachel launched the Innovative Mobility arm of WSP where she led alternative transportation programs around the nation and advised city and state agencies on strategic planning for new mobility. Her work in the field received the Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Award in WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award. Rachel has a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

Rachel lives in San Francisco with her partner and their two cats, Tex & Ruby.