Event Summary/Agenda

Twenty-five years ago, CALSTART set out to create a sustainable transportation future. This October we mark the occasion with a timely gathering of national policymakers and industry leaders targeting solutions and actions to stimulate thinking toward a 2030 vision for a clean transportation economy

CALSTART’s 25th Anniversary Symposium connects jobs, transportation, and the environment in developing strategies to meet 2030 targets. Preeminent policymakers and industry leaders explore pathways to get there from here by:

• Establishing beachheads and building global momentum
• Understanding strategies behind today’s smart money investments
• Collaborating with state and local leaders to grow the U.S. market
• Accelerating change through more efficient drivetrains
• Featuring new to market cars, vans, buses & trucks


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Tuesday, October 24: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Dr, Pasadena

12:30 p.m. Registration and Self-Guided Tour of the von Karman Visitor Center

1:30 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

1:50 p.m. What’s Next for California?
What More Is Needed to Get to 2030?

2:50 p.m. Are We Ready to Talk About Zero Emission Aircraft?

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Reimagining Mobility
The Future of Autonomous, Connected, and New Mobility

4:55 p.m. Closing

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 25th Anniversary Opening Reception
The Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology


Wednesday, October 25: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena

7:00 a.m. Registration
Continental Breakfast and Vehicle Display

8:00 a.m. Opening Welcome Session
The Outlook for Robust Federal Light-Duty Vehicle Standards

8:45 a.m. New Leadership
Cities and States Leading the Change

9:45 a.m. Building Markets Globally
The Business and Environmental Case for Expanding International Markets

10:45 a.m. Break-Convention Center Plaza

11:00 a.m. Unveiling and Touching the Future
Mini-briefings on the Newest Advanced Technology Vehicles

11:45 a.m. Symposium Luncheon
Introduced By: Mary Nichols, Chairwoman, California Air Resources Board

1:15 p.m.  Market Demand for Reduced- and Zero-Emission Trucks and Buses

1:30 p.m. Accelerating Change Via New Efficiencies in Energy
What’s Needed to Bring These Technologies to Truck and Bus Markets?

2:30 p.m. Clean Transportation Tech Opportunities
Perspectives from the Investor Community

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. The EV Car Market
Finally Ready for Take Off?

4:30 p.m. The Future We Want and What It Looks Like
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (Invited)

5:00-7:30 p.m. Members Invitation-Only Reception
A Celebration of CALSTART Members


Keynote Speakers
Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board. Serving as Chair since 2007, Nichols has devoted her entire career to advocating for the environment and public health. She values innovation, partnerships, and common-sense approaches to addressing California’s air issues. Her priorities as Chair include moving ahead on the State’s landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports, and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. Nichols has also served as Assistant Administrator for US Environmental Protection Agency’s Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California’s Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.



Featured Speakers
Drew Bohan, Chief Deputy Director for the California Energy Commission. Prior to joining the Energy Commission, Bohan served in a number of capacities in state government, including as Assistant Secretary for Policy for the California Environmental Protection Agency, Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the Governor’s Office, Executive Policy Officer for the Ocean Protection Council and Chief Counsel for the Department of Conservation. Prior to joining state service, Bohan was Executive Director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Chief Counsel to the House of Delegates in the Republic of Palau, and litigation attorney at Heller, Ehrman in San Francisco.



Filip Brabec, Vice President, Product Management, Audi of America. Brabec is responsible for product definition and configuration of current models, as well as setting the lineup of future US vehicles in concert with AUDI AG. A leader in product planning for the company since 2006, Brabec now oversees two important arenas. First, he and his staff ensure that information about the current Audi of America product lineup is completely and properly distributed — an increasingly complex task given the proliferation of new Audi models over the last few years. Second, Brabec works in a highly integrated basis with teams from the parent company in Germany on the development and planning of new products and technologies for future Audi models in the US. After an eclectic youth that included becoming a popular American country music singer in his native Czechoslovakia, and graduating from high school in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Brabec rose through the ranks of Audi of America in Auburn Hills, Michigan, as a product-planning manager, then at AUDI AG in Germany, before returning to the US in 2005.

Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft. As a member of the original Lyft team, Castor has been onthe front lines of ridesharing policy since the birth of the industry. She works with transportation agencies across the US to integrate Lyft as a viable alternative to car ownership and understand its impacts on infrastructure, behavior, and the environment. She started her career as a transportation policy aide for a US Congresswoman and later served as a financial advisor for municipal infrastructure projects. She holds an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania.



Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison. Choi is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Prior to joining SCE in 2012, Choi was Executive Director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy. Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, serving as Chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance and as Board Member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College.



Cory Combs, CTO, Ampaire, Inc. At Ampaire we are transforming aviation by designing and building zero emission aircraft. Cory is a serial innovator focused on creating technologies and applications that can efficiently and effectively have a positive impact on the environment. With a US startup company, LP Amina, Cory led R&D efforts in their Beijing office, addressing novel pollution reduction and energy efficiency technologies. Prior to that at Northrop Grumman, Cory was an R&D and new aircraft development engineer, with a primary focus on early-stage research and design and developed multiple patents. Cory holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.



Bob Devine, Director, Advance Applications, Power and Propulsion Solutions, BAE Systems. Devine has over 31 years of product development experience, including 19 years of program management experience directed toward aerospace and surface vehicle transportation systems and projects. He is currently merging proven hybrid electric propulsion and power management technologies with battery and fuel cell power sources and deploying the integrated solution on zero emissions heavy-duty platforms that include buses, trucks, and maritime vessels. Devine holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.



Tom Doughty, Vice President, Customer and State Affairs, California Independent System Operator Corporation. Since joining the ISO in 2003, Doughty has held several leadership assignments in the customer care and regulatory affairs areas. Doughty is responsible for the ISO’s interactions with California regulatory and governmental bodies and oversees the ISO’s customer service, client onboarding and communications functions. Doughty created the ISO’s signature event, The Stakeholder Symposium, which is the largest energy event in the west. Now in his fourth decade in the energy industry, Doughty’s pedigree also includes executive leadership positions with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, among others. He is a licensed engineer and holds degrees in engineering and business administration from UC Davis and UCLA, respectively.



Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins. Furber is responsible for Electrification for Cummins — as markets move to adopt electrified power, she is helping to establish Cummins as a market leader. She joined Cummins in 2005 as Global Finance Director for CGT, based in Stamford, England. In 2008, she relocated to the US, working in Cummins Emission Solutions, responsible for the Global Off-Highway business. Furber has served as PACCAR Integrated Account Management leader and the Executive Director, North American Truck. More recently, she was responsible for Product Planning and Product Management across Engine Business Unit, including the New Product Programs, along with responsibility for market-based innovation and new business incubation. Furber is a qualified accountant and has a Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University. Prior to Cummins, she had 15 years work experience in other industries, including security printing, glass, and food. She held business leadership positions in sales, operations, and finance.



Karen Hamberg, Vice President, Strategy, Westport Fuels Systems. Hamberg joined Westport in 2001 and was appointed to her current position in 2013. Westport Fuel Systems engineers, manufactures, and supplies advanced clean-burning engines, systems, and components that enable the deployment of low-carbon fuels, such as CNG, LNG, hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG). Headquartered in Vancouver, Westport serves customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation and industrial application brands. Karen’s current portfolio includes responsibilities for Corporate Strategy, Market and Competitive Intelligence, Sustainability and Environmental Performance, and Government and Regulatory Affairs. Hamberg holds a Master of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. Karen is also Chair of the Board of Directors of CALSTART, a Board Member of the Van Horne Institute, and a member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet. Karen was named to Canada’s Clean 50 for 2017 for her contributions to advance sustainability in the transportation sector.



Michael Linse is the Founder and Managing Director of Linse Capital. Linse Capital invests in late stage technology companies in the transportation space. Prior to founding Linse Capital, Michael was a partner at KPCB for seven years where he invested in sustainable growth businesses like ChargePoint, Proterra, uShip, Telogis, Inrix, and Redaptive. Before joining KPCB, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs for over a decade, most recently as the Managing Director of Goldman Sachs’ alternative energy investing team within the London-based European Special Situations Group where he led over 20 investments including Nordex, CMP and IFCO Systems. Michael earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Diarmuid O’Connell, Vice President, Business Development, Tesla. O’Connell joined Tesla in 2008 and currently manages commercial relationships with all aspects of government affairs. Prior to joining Tesla, he served as Chief of Staff for Political Military affairs at the US State Department, involved in policy and operational support to the military in various theaters of operation. Before his time in Washington, he worked in corporate strategy for Accenture, as a found of educational software developer for Real Time Learning, and as a senior executive with both McCann Erickson Worldwide and Young and Rubicam. He has managed international operations, projects and marketing for such brands as Coca Cola, Gillette, and AT&T. O’Connell earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College, a Master’s Degree in Foreign Policy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Kellogg.



Joseph Oldham, Director of CALSTART San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center. Oldham is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and has spent most of his professional life working to improve air quality in the region through deployment of clean energy and clean vehicle technology. When the opportunity to develop a plan to deploy production electric aircraft for the first time in the US in a practical way to support lower cost flight training operations presented itself, Mr. Oldham seized the chance. He developed the plan, and helped organize an amazing team of people from local government, business, and education to make the plan a reality, and wrote the successful grant proposal that secured the funding for the Sustainable Aviation Project. The Project will begin getting the public familiar and comfortable with electric propulsion in aircraft, as a step toward the advanced electric-powered aerial sky taxi vehicles of the future and larger commercial electrically powered aircraft.



Puon Penn, Executive Vice President, Head of Technology Division within Wells Fargo’s Strategic Capital Group. The group provides capital investments to help innovative companies focus on advancing new technologies and business models. Puon is a 20-year veteran of Wells Fargo, having done stints in the International Group, Middle Market, Principal Investing, and Corporate Banking’s Technology Media & Telecom Group. Puon started Wells Fargo’s Global CleanTech Group in 2009 to provide expertise, financial services, and resources to help companies focused on decreasing the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and other activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions or other harmful environmental effects. Wells Fargo financed over $70 billion for green business, renewable energy projects, green buildings, and clean energy customers from 2005 to 2016.



Scott Phillippi, Senior Director of Maintenance & Engineering, International Operations, UPS. Phillippi manages maintenance and engineering for all international operations and oversees fleet sustainability issues globally. Phillippi began his UPS career in 1988 as a Fleet Technician and has served in fleet maintenance and package delivery operations. He has held senior director positions, responsible for fleet maintenance programs in five states, and as Special Projects Manager was responsible for the cost planning and analysis of the UPS domestic fleet. Phillippi holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the Lincoln College of Technology. He has also completed business training programs at Harvard Business School and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.School.



Dr. Brien Seeley, Founder, Sustainable Aviation Foundation. Seeley has 40-years of experience as an experimental aircraft builder, pilot, designer of technology prizes and visionary leader of aviation progress. In 1973, while a medical student, he designed and hand-built his own 70 mph, street-licensed electric car and drove it to the hospital each day as an intern. He founded the CAFE Foundation in 1981 and he presided there for 34 years of flight-testing and research on experimental aircraft. Seeley organized the first-ever Electric Aircraft Symposium in San Francisco and program chaired that annual event for nine years. In 2015 Seeley founded the Sustainable Aviation Foundation in order to advance technologies and innovations pertinent to environmentally-friendly, practical electrically-powered aircraft. As President of the Sustainable Aviation Foundation, he now Chairs the Sustainable Aviation Symposium, which each year convenes a globally-renowned faculty to focus on the future of quiet, electrically-powered aircraft.








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