TheChallenge

The vulnerability of global oil supply lines and infrastructure has saddled the United States with the burden of securing the world’s oil supply – threatening our economic and national security. Similarly, American diplomacy is distorted by the need to minimize disruptions to the flow of oil. Too often, oil dependence requires us to accommodate hostile governments that share neither our interests nor our values, putting both the United States and its allies at risk. In addition, our dependence creates substantial economic risks. Every American recession over the past four decades has been preceded by—or occurred concurrently with—an oil price spike.

TheSolution

The key to eliminating dependence on oil is through the transportation sector, which accounts for more than 70 percent of our oil consumption and is 92 percent reliant on petroleum fuels. An electrified transportation system is powered by a wide variety of domestic sources: natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and geothermal. Additionally, electricity rates are low and stable, insulating consumers and commercial or public fleets from volatile oil markets.

OurStaff

Our staff is comprised of experts in transportation planning, the electric vehicle technology sectors, communications, policy, advocacy campaigns, consumer engagement, private sector engagement, and other strategies, all giving the EC the ability to support the mission of ending our oil dependency by electrifying the U.S. transportation sector.
Robbie Diamond
Robbie Diamond

Founder, President, and CEO

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Robbie Diamond

Robbie Diamond is the Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating the nation’s dangerous dependence on oil. Since then, SAFE and the ESLC have been at the forefront of the energy policy debate, successfully helping to shape legislation in 2007 and shepherd a new, comprehensive energy bill through the Senate Energy Committee in 2009.

Diamond is also the President and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group working to accelerate the adoption of plugin electric vehicles to improve our national and economic security. The Coalition was launched in November 2009, and as its first official act, released the Electrification Roadmap, a sweeping report outlining a vision for the deployment of a fully integrated electric drive network.

Prior to his roles with SAFE and the Electrification Coalition, Diamond served as Deputy Director of Community Outreach on Senator Joe Lieberman’s 2004 presidential campaign. Before that, Diamond was a Director at the Washington firm Fontheim International LLC, working in all practice areas of the firm. Prior to coming to Washington, he worked with senior executives at Seagram Spirits and Wine Group on special projects.

Diamond earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School.

Ben Prochazka
Ben Prochazka

Executive Director

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Ben Prochazka

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 National 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.

Cher Griffith Taylor
Cher Griffith Taylor

Outreach and Engagement Organizer

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Cher Griffith Taylor

Cher Griffith Taylor joins the EC with over 7 years of experience in the energy sector, particularly on enhancing access, affordability, and the transition to a sustainable energy economy. She previously led grid modernization advocacy in Maryland for a national nonprofit, leveraging the collective power of the state’s public-interest, community-based, and environmental action organizations to influence regulators on grid investments that support distributed energy solutions — including transportation electrification. Her advocacy has increasingly focused on ensuring equitable access to the benefits of investments in emissions-free transportation.

Prior to that, Cher spent several years living in Jamaica, where she co-founded a consulting firm to support international development projects in the island’s energy sector. Her work in the Caribbean similarly focused on the transition to clean energy, reducing illegal resource abstraction, and enhancing energy access and affordability. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Travis Buholtz
Travis Buholtz

Electric Vehicle Technical Advisor

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Travis Buholtz

Travis is an Electric Vehicle Technical Advisor for the Electrification Coalition. His current work is focused on advising specific American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) cities on vehicle electrification strategies. Travis’s previously held a fellowship with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, where he worked as Electric Vehicle Technical Advisor to expand the city’s EV fleet, EV charging infrastructure, and support initiatives that accelerated regional EV market growth. Before that, Travis was an intern on the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator Program in Rochester, NY. His duties there included EV consumer education through presentations and Ride and Drive events, cultivating an extensive volunteer group for event staffing, and designing programmatic marketing materials and website content. Travis is based in Atlanta, GA and holds a BS in Environmental Studies from SUNY Binghamton.

Alyssa Siddiqui
Alyssa Siddiqui

Managing Director, Corporate Relations

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Alyssa Siddiqui

Alyssa Siddiqui is Managing Director of Corporate Relations at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). She is responsible for identifying and implementing innovative strategies to enhance SAFE’s profile, expand its donor base, and develop new opportunities for engagement and growth.

Alyssa joined SAFE 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 Advisory Council, German American Aviation Heritage Foundation.

Jackie Burman
Jackie Burman

Director, Operations and Finance

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Jackie Burman

As the Director of Operations and Finance, Jackie works closely with the CEO and Vice President of Development to oversee the day-to-day business operations and financial health of SAFE.

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.

Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed

Program Manager

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Sarah Reed

Sarah Reed is an outreach and engagement organizer 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.

Matt Stephens-Rich
Matt Stephens-Rich

Program Manager

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Matt Stephens-Rich

Matt has worked in transportation, energy, and alternative fuels since 2012 at the local, state, and federal level. Matt works 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.

Matt currently serves as Vice Chair for the Energy and Air Quality Working Group at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Founding Chair of the Young Professionals in Energy Columbus Chapter, and was recognized as “Person to Know in Energy” by Columbus Business First in 2017.

Alissa Burger
Alissa Burger

Policy Manager

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Alissa Burger

Alissa Burger is a Policy Manager with the Electrification Coalition advancing the transition to EVs through diverse policy initiatives. As Policy Manager, Alissa engages with states to pursue executive, legislative and regulatory action, such as enhancing incentives and removing other barriers to adoption, to drive EV adoption in key states. In addition, Alissa brings to this position regulatory expertise which benefits the EC’s engagement with public utility commissions and utilities in their role supporting the transition to EVs. She also works in partnership with the Program team to support policies specific to advancing medium- and heavy-duty electrification. Alissa’s cumulative experience has allowed her to work intimately on both city and state policy; focusing on transformative market mechanisms, clean energy investment, urban innovations, and climate resiliency. 

Aaron Viles
Aaron Viles

Program Manager

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Aaron Viles

Aaron Viles is a program manager 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.

Sarah Fischer
Sarah Fischer

Electric Vehicle Specialist

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Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer is an Electric Vehicle Specialist for the Electrification Coalition. Her work is focused on supporting the Climate Mayor’s EV Purchasing Collaborative in facilitating fleet electrification across the country. 

She has worked in energy and alternative fuels since 2015, most recently completing an AmeriCorps term serving at the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability.  At OES, she helped implement an energy management system for 400+ municipal utility accounts and assisted in the creation of an electric vehicle educational program called EV Cincy. Prior to that, Sarah also worked in LEED for Homes consulting, nonprofit communications and event planning, and energy efficiency program management. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Economics & Business and a minor in Nonprofit Management from the Ohio State University. 

Will Drier
Will Drier

Policy Analyst

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Will Drier

Will is a Policy Analyst 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.

Jared Walker
Jared Walker

Technical Lead, Fleet Electrification

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Jared Walker

Jared Walker is the Technical Lead of Fleet Electrification at the EC where he is responsible for providing technical fleet management and operational support to the team. With 10+ years in fleet management at LeasePlan, a global leader in mobility, he is well equipped to support the effort to electrify private and public fleets. Having held multiple positions at LeasePlan, Jared’s experience is varied and diverse. From providing lease services to large industrial corporations to single-vehicle leases for small businesses, he provides creative solutions that fit the needs of the customer. Jared is based in Atlanta, GA and has a BA in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University.

Torin Spencer
Torin Spencer

Electric Vehicle Specialist

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Torin Spencer

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.

Andrea McCarthy
Andrea McCarthy

Program Manager

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Andrea McCarthy

Andrea McCarthy is a Program Manager for the Electrification Coalition (EC). She supports programs that assist municipalities’ and communities’ efforts to expand adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and related infrastructure. Prior to joining the EC, Andrea spent a little over eight years working to implement alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and fuel-saving strategies with stakeholders at a local level through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalitions in Connecticut.

Before her time working in transportation and alternative fuels, Andrea completed an AmeriCorps term addressing hunger relief efforts in Washington, D.C. and served In AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in the Pacific Region accomplishing wildfire fuels reduction strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Purdue University.

Julie Sutor
Julie Sutor

Director of Communications

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Julie Sutor

Julie Sutor is the Director of Communications for the Electrification Coalition, where she leads media relations, strategic communications planning, stakeholder outreach and content development for the EC’s programs and initiatives.

Julie joined the EC staff in 2021 after serving for seven years as Public Affairs Coordinator and Director of Communications for Summit County, Colo., conducting public education and outreach on a wide variety of government programs and services, including in the public health, community development, public transit, and public works arenas. She spent three years in the Communications Office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she served as a communications specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. At NREL, Julie produced educational materials, web content and technical reports on alternative fuels and advanced vehicles for public- and private-sector fleet managers across the country. Prior to her work with Clean Cities, Julie was a reporter for the Summit Daily News. She began her career as an organizer with the Public Interest Research Groups.

Julie has a B.S. in biology from Harvey Mudd College and an M.A. in communications from the University of Denver.

Katie Robinson
Katie Robinson

Senior Director of EV Programs

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Katie Robinson

Katie Lineweaver Robinson is the Director of EV Programs at the Electrification Coalition. She is a government relations and development expert with proven ability to build consensus, forge strategic alliances, influence decision-making, and all while ensuring details are managed. She brings experience in economic development, government relations, sustainability and resilience, public policy, fundraising, and disaster mitigation planning. Katie has a thorough understanding of how cities operate and what it takes to complete projects successfully.

Some of Katie’s key accomplishments are the “It’s My City” Initiative, a three-year, $5 million effort to make the city of Indianapolis cleaner, greener, and more beautiful. She also led the Smart Cities program in Indianapolis and worked with Develop Indy. Katie served the City of Indianapolis for more than eight years, most recently as the Director of Sustainability. She drove the city’s winning $2.5 million application for the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC), an opportunity for 25 ambitious cities across the United States to accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change.

Katie and her husband reside in Indianapolis with their daughter. They love exploring the city and making it a better place to live, work, and play.

Katherine Stainken
Katherine Stainken

Senior Director of EV Policy

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Katherine Stainken

Katherine is the Senior Director of EV Policy at the Electrification Coalition (EC). She leads and manages the policy team at the EC, which is focused on transitioning our transportation sector to be electric. Her work spans across city, state, regional and federal levels.

Prior to the EC, Katherine was the Policy Director at Plug In America, a non-profit representing the voice of the electric vehicle (EV) consumer. She led the policy team in promoting policies that work for the EV driver at the local, city, state and federal levels, including policies needed prior to purchase of the vehicle and policies needed during ownership of the vehicle.

Prior to her work at Plug In America, Katherine was a Director of Government Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), focused on policies to promote solar on the federal level as well as southeast and northeast regions, along with regulatory work at the DOE, EPA, and other federal agencies.

Katherine was also the lead staff on the Clean Power Plan and chief liaison to the solar heating and cooling and EH&S groups at SEIA.

She received her Masters degree from American University in Global Environmental Policy and Bachelors degree in Chemistry and German from Boston College.

 

Anne Blair
Anne Blair

Senior EV Policy Manager

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Anne Blair

Anne serves as EC’s Senior EV Policy Manager, 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.

Logan Rains
Logan Rains

Campaigns Organizer

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Logan Rains

 

Logan Rains is a campaigns organizer for the Electrification Coalition (EC), working in the EC’s accelerator states, helping increase community support for accelerated adoption of EVs. He is a native of Eastern North Carolina and is based in Raleigh. Logan has nearly a decade of experience working in advocacy, state government, and electoral politics. Before working at the EC, Logan worked on the state and local levels to increase voter’s access to the ballot box. Logan believes in the power of storytelling and its role in building stronger communities, changing political opinions, and impacting public policy. He is a graduate of Elon University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Celia Kosinski
Celia Kosinski

Policy Analyst

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Celia Kosinski

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.

 

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