Founder, President and CEO, SAFE

Robbie Diamond is the Founder, President, and CEO of SAFE. SAFE enhances energy security and supports U.S. economic resurgence and resiliency, by advancing transformative transportation and mobility technologies while ensuring that the United States and allies secure key aspects of the technology supply chain. Diamond is also the Founder, President, and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, SAFE’s sister organization, which works with consumers, businesses, and policymakers, to launch award-winning “real-world” programs and enable the needed polices to accelerate transportation electrification.

Jackie Burman

Vice President, Operations and Finance

Jackie Burman is the Vice President of Operations and Finance at Securing America’s Future Energy. In this role, Jackie oversees finances, human resources, and operations for the organization.

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.

Gourang Wakade

Vice President of Development

Gourang Wakade is the Vice President of Development for SAFE and its sister organization, the Electrification Coalition (EC).

He leads a lean development team to develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy that yields sustained multi-year funding results.  Building on the success achieved to date by SAFE EC, Gourang manages a collective fundraising portfolio of $16 Million and is in charge of the overall development systems and strategy while focusing primarily on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting high net worth individuals and foundations, with particular attention on increasing unrestricted funding for both organizations.

He is an experienced fundraiser with a large and varied global network and has proven success in raising and securing multi-year six-figure plus funding commitments for complex and demanding projects across a variety of industries including non-profit, corporate finance, and higher education. Prior to SAFE, Gourang served as the Vice President of Development for the Council on Competitiveness, a non-profit membership association of CEOs, University Presidents, Labor Leaders, and National Lab Directors. In addition to managing membership, and development at the Council on Competitiveness, Gourang was the lead for the organization’s bi-annual fundraiser, the America Competes Award, that honored Business and Civic Leaders for their contributions to ensure American Competitiveness. He also produced and managed sponsorships for the organization’s Annual National Competitiveness Summit. Gourang also served as the Director of Conferences and Engagement, for the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils where he actively recruited leaders from around the world to join and fund the establishment of the organization.

Gourang has a Bachelor’s in Arts degree from the College of Wooster, Oh. He also serves on the Fundraising Committee for the Spring Gala of the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens in Washington, DC.

Jeffrey Gerlach

Vice President, Policy Strategy 

Jeff Gerlach is Vice President of Policy Strategy at SAFE.

Prior to joining SAFE, Jeff worked at a management consulting firm, where he supported the Department of Energy’s Office of Petroleum Reserves and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. He previously interned and consulted for SAFE in 2013, contributing to the Oil Security Index and the Commission on Energy and Geopolitics’ Oil Security 2025. Additionally, he worked on multiple political campaigns in Minnesota and completed a year of service in AmeriCorps.

Mr. Gerlach received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of St. Thomas in 2011 and his Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2014.

Alyssa Siddiqui

Managing Director of Corporate Engagements

Alyssa Siddiqui is Managing Director of Corporate Relations at SAFE and the Electrification Coalition (EC). She is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative strategies to enhance the organizations’ profiles, expand industry partnerships, and develop new opportunities for engagement and growth. Alyssa leads corporate partnerships for the EC’s medium and heavy-duty fleet electrification work and for SAFE’s autonomous vehicle initiative. In 2021 she launched the Electrification Coalition Business Council.

Alyssa joined SAFE and the EC 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 Washington, DC chapter of Women of EVs and was named one of the Top Women in EV 2022 by The EV Summit.

Danielle Russo

Executive Director, Center for Grid Security

Danielle Russo is the Executive Director of the Center for Grid Security. She is an innovative leader and policy expert focused on aligning energy programs and policy with national interests. Danielle has worked extensively on transmission expansion for national security and overall grid security and resilience planning. She spent four years as a senior analyst and policy writer supporting the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy Resilience and Optimization (ODASD ER&O), where she focused on policy development and decision making for enhancing military installation energy resilience. While there she worked extensively on various efforts, including energy resilience exercises, energy project planning tools, government partnerships, defense critical electric infrastructure, and more. Her previous experience also includes supporting energy security programs for the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, and Army Reserve. In 2020, Danielle won a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for her work supporting black start exercises at military installations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland.

Ron Minsk

Senior Advisor

Jason Islas

Senior Manager, Policy Communications

Peter Flory

Peter Flory, Senior Fellow, SAFE Commanding Heights

Served in senior positions in Pentagon and NATO and has deep experience in semiconductor legislation.

Joe Quinn

Vice President of Strategic Industrial Materials

Joe Quinn leads the Center for Strategic Industrial Materials, a new policy initiative dedicated to advancing more secure and sustainable supply chains for aluminum and other industrial materials critical to America’s national and economic security.  Quinn is developing a framework designed to ensure resilient and domestic aluminum production. 

Prior to joining SAFE, Quinn served as the Vice President of External Affairs & Industry Relations at the Aluminum Association. He raised the industry’s profile, created the Congressional Aluminum Caucus, set new membership records, and served as a strategic advisor to the industry on trade and energy issues.  

Previously, Quinn worked at public relations firms positioning organizations favorably with key opinion leaders to advance policy initiatives. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council. A Cincinnati native, he received his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina.  

Zoe Oysul

Senior Policy Analyst

Abigail Hunter

Executive Director, Center for Critical Mineral Strategy

Abigail Hunter is the Executive Director of SAFE’s Ambassador Alfred Hoffman Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy (Minerals Center). Previously, Abigail served as Director of International Affairs and Partnerships within the Minerals Center. In this role, she nurtured existing and new SAFE partnerships to advance sustainable and ethical supply chains amongst allies and like-minded countries.

Before joining SAFE full time, Hunter headed federal government affairs for Quebec for nearly three years as the senior attachée in Washington, D.C. Her mandate focused on the energy, environment, and trade relationship between the province and United States. Hunter started her career at the National Governors Association, where she led the association’s international work.

Hunter completed her Masters in Sustainable Energy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her four-part capstone on aluminum’s clean energy paradox was published by the SAFE Center for Strategic Industrial Metals. She received her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University with a double major in International Management and Managing for Sustainability.

Born in Toronto and growing up in New Jersey, Hunter is a proud dual citizen and conflicted hockey fan.

Jocelyn Trainer

Policy Analyst, Center for Critical Minerals Strategy

Jocelyn Trainer is a policy analyst for the Center for Critical Minerals Strategy at SAFE. Her work focuses on securing responsible and sustainable critical mineral supply chains through practical domestic policy and strong alliances.

In previous roles, she worked on energy, economics, and security at CNAS, inclusive peace processes at the United States Institute of Peace, international institutions and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, and nuclear security and nonproliferation at CRDF Global. Trainer was a 2022 Graduate Fellow with the United Nations Association with the National Capital Area.

Trainer holds an M.A. in security policy studies with a concentration in conflict resolution from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She received a B.A. in political science, a B.A. in Spanish, and a minor in international relations from Loyola Marymount University.

Avery Ash

Executive Director, Coalition for Reimagined Mobility and Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Special Initiatives, SAFE

Prior to joining SAFE, Avery Ash served as the Vice President of Global Public Policy and Product Strategy at INRIX, the global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement. Previously, Ash was Director of Federal Relations for AAA, where he was responsible for the Association’s federal advocacy on transportation, vehicle technology, mobility, and energy issues.

Ash serves in numerous leadership positions including as a founding steering committee member for Partners for Automated Vehicle Education; a member of Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force; and board member at the DC-based arts non-profit, CulturalDC. He has previously served on the executive working group of the World Economic Forum’s initiative on the Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility, as co-chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center’s workgroup on autonomous vehicles; on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association; and been selected as an Aspen Institute Socrates Scholar and SAFE Energy Security Fellow.

He is a frequent speaker and recognized expert on issues surrounding automated, connected, and electric vehicles; transportation policy; and urban mobility. On Capitol Hill, Ash served as Legislative and Special Assistant for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, where he focused on financial services and economic development issues. Prior to that he supported Congressional Affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce where he managed a portfolio that included technology, transportation, financial services, and anti-counterfeiting issues. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a joint degree in Economics and Anthropology.

Ashley Simmons

Deputy Director, Coalition for Reimagined Mobility

Ashley Simmons joined the Coalition for Reimagined Mobility as its Director of Strategic Communications in March 2021. Representing a cross-section of industry, public sector and academic leaders, the Commission is shaping a comprehensive new vision of transportation policy that enables technology to foster more inclusive and accessible communities, and the safe, secure and clean movement of people and goods.

With more than a decade of experience specializing in public relations and public affairs, she’s developed winning communications strategies that elevate reputations, shape advocacy efforts and expand global influence. An expert in strategic communications, Ashley is also the Founder and CEO of REVVIT Public Relations – a consultancy that provides counsel on media strategies and integrated communications campaigns to educate the public and policymakers on technology centric legislative and regulatory policy issues.

Before joining Reimagined Mobility, Simmons led communications teams at advocacy organizations representing the technology, telecommunications and transportation industries. As vice president for External Communications at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Simmons transformed and modernized TIA’s communications function to develop integrated strategies and data-driven campaigns that framed key policy debates on supply chain security, spectrum allocation, net neutrality and broadband deployment, and elevated issues important to the telecom standards and technology community. Under her leadership, TIA grew it’s reach and the impact of its work to deliver exceptional member value.

Earlier in her career, Simmons spent three years as director of communications for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), where she oversaw cross-functional marketing, events and communications and led a successful campaign for the ITS World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. Prior, she was an account director and digital media consultant for the David All Group and cultivated her PR and media relations skills as communications manager for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and with the Motion Picture Association. Before coming to the nation’s capital, Simmons held communications advisory roles for mayoral and county political campaigns in her hometown of Buffalo, New York.

Simmons earned a Master of Arts in Media and Public Affairs from the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, and Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication with a minor in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo State College.

Dominic Mathew

Manager, Shared Mobility Policy, Coalition for Reimagined Mobility

Dominic is the Manager of Shared Mobility Policy at the Coalition for Reimagined Mobility. He has close to a decade of experience working in different geographies of South and Southeast Asia, United States and Europe in sectors such as transportation, workforce development, sustainable finance and climate change. Most recently he worked at the Fund for our Economic Future where he led the Paradox Prize, a social impact accelerator focused on catalyzing workforce mobility solutions in Northeast Ohio.
Dominic has previously worked at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in India where he established regional offices in Jharkhand and New Delhi and worked closely with federal policymakers, automotive players, international development and transit agencies to define and implement the future of mobility. He has also worked with The Asia Foundation in Myanmar researching the evolution of urban municipal governance and setting spatial strategies to efficiently deliver utilities like tax collection, water and waste disposal services.
Dominic received his Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Ithaca, New York with a Certificate in Environmental Finance and Impact Investing from the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs. He graduated from Birla Institute of Technology, India with a professional degree in Architecture and Design. A native Malayalam speaker, Dominic is also fluent in English and Hindi.

Allanté Whitmore

Director, Autonomous Vehicle Initiative

Allanté Whitmore completed a Joint Ph.D. in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She brings autonomous vehicle technology and policy expertise from researching the environmental, equity, economic, and ethical impacts of autonomous vehicles. During her tenure at CMU, Allanté was awarded multiple fellowships including the K&L Gates Presidential Fellow and Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship in addition to interning at Argonne National Laboratory.  Whitmore also was a member of the Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective and AV Policy Advisory Group.

Maya Zuk

Policy Associate

Maya Zuk is a policy associate at SAFE. She focuses on supporting the different centers at SAFE with their work.

Before joining SAFE, Maya studied International Relations with a focus on Security Studies at King’s College London, working on several projects, including with the Ministry of Defense. She is currently an Associate of King’s College London.

Electrification Coalition

Ben Prochazka

Executive Director, Electrification Coalition 

Ben joined the EC as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, developing all EC programs outside of the beltway. Since 2013 Ben has continued to lead these efforts, now as the organization’s Executive Director. Ben has spent more than a decade working on environmental, human rights, and voter engagement efforts. His experience includes leadership roles as 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 his experience at SAFE and the Electrification Coalition, Ben served in the role of Vice President at FieldWorks, a national political consulting firm. While 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 recent 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 representing more than 100 environmental, public health, and religious organizations. As lobbyist Ben was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the conservation community agenda at the legislature. During Ben’s two years with CEC, the conservation community passed over 100 “pro-conservation” bills including several first-in-the-nation efforts.

Ben also directed successful field and fundraising programs for national campaigns on behalf of The Save Darfur Coalition, 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

Deputy Director

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.

Noah Barnes

Communications Director

Noah Barnes is the communications 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 that 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

Policy Associate

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.

Anne Blair

Policy Director

Anne serves as the EC’s policy director, with a focus on promoting policies and programs that will transform the transportation sector. Prior to joining EC, Anne was the Director of Energy Efficient Transportation at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, overseeing strategy, programming and outreach for all of SEEA’s transportation initiatives. Before SEEA, Anne worked at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) as its clean fuels director, working on transportation and clean energy policy for fifteen years. 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. When not working on environmental and energy issues, she enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling, reading, drinking IPAs and spending time with her son, husband, Australian Shepherd and friends.

Jerold Brito

Program Associate

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

Programs and Communications Associate

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

Policy Manager

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.

Brandt Hertenstein

Programs Manager

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. 

Celia Kosinski

Policy Analyst

Celia Kosinski is an EV policy analyst for the Electrification Coalition policy program. Her focus is on policy research and analysis to support ongoing work in the EC’s accelerator states, in addition to contributing to the development of EC policy recommendations to 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. 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

EV Infrastructure Associate

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’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida. 

Mary Linn

Campaign Organizer

Mary is a Campaign Organizer for the Electrification Coalition, focusing on Florida and Georgia. 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. 

Will Marshall

Program Associate 

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

Program Associate

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.

Jordan Neerhof

Senior Policy Analyst 

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

Senior Associate

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.

Sarah Reed

Sr. Program Manager

Sarah Reed is a senior program manager at the Electrification Coalition. She is responsible for guiding public and private fleets through the transition to electric vehicles and specifically supports the EC’s Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative. Sarah was previously a program coordinator for the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), where she managed NARC’s largest federal grant, Fleets for the Future. Sarah coordinated the project which made alternative fuel vehicle procurement more affordable and streamlined for public fleets. She also tracked legislative issues that matter to NARC’s members, including transportation and economic development.

Prior to NARC, Sarah completed an environmental planning internship with a consulting firm working on large public infrastructure projects. Ms. Reed also worked at the National Center for Sustainable Transportation organizing research releases and information sharing between researchers and policy makers. She has a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis.

Alex Rodman

Executive and Operations Associate

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

Electric Vehicle Specialist

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.

Matt Stephens-Rich

Sr. Program Manager

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.

Jessica Stoll

Program Specialist

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.

Aaron Viles

Campaigns Director

Aaron Viles is the campaigns director for the Electrification Coalition, focused on helping accelerate community efforts to increase adoption of EVs. He is based in Lexington, KY.  With over 20 years of experience in advocacy, Aaron comes to the EC from a stint in electoral politics, recently working with the Kentucky Democratic Party. Aaron brings experience with environmental, energy, and online advocacy to the EC team. He is currently the volunteer chair of the board of directors of Healthy Gulf, a New Orleans-based regional environmental group.

Steph Wagner

Technical Program Specialist

As the Technical Program Specialist, 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.


The Energy Security Leadership Council

The Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) brings together some of America’s most prominent business and military leaders to support a comprehensive, long-term policy to reduce U.S. oil dependence and improve energy security.