Previously, I led major programs at CALSTART, one of North America’s most respected leaders for transportation climate technology and policy. There, I directed four productive annual cycles of legislative, regulatory, utility, and public funding advocacy in California, through which we codified the Low Carbon Fuel Standard for the period of 2020-2030, secured numerous wins for public transit and multimodal technologies, and helped to steer the electric vehicle industry through profound evolution.
During that time, I became taken by the need to confront car dependence and created a new role to start CALSTART’s Innovative Mobility program, which included launching the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Project, North America’s largest zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) incentives program dedicated exclusively to deploying ZEVs that create new kinds of mobility for communities that need them.
Before CALSTART, I worked on building the business movement for climate action at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), one of the world’s most influential centers for corporate sustainability. I developed BSR’s first climate program, through which I managed advising, research, and coalitions for hundreds of companies, covering all sides of climate action internationally in various industries and their value chains. BSR’s climate program has provided–and continues to provide–leadership in the development of new standards for corporate climate accountability, the emergence of a professional practice for integrated climate management in business that has gone from nearly nonexistent to now standard in large companies, and the advancement of meaningful policy including at the United Nations level.
I was raised in small-town Oregon and have lived while working or studying in China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Jordan, and Mexico, as well as Kyrgyzstan, where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Additionally I’ve been a bus driver and grew up working in a small family retail business from a young age.