FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16, 2021
Media Contact: Julie Sutor, Electrification Coalition
Katie Lineweaver Robinson to serve as Senior Director of EV Programs; Julie Sutor joins EC as Communications Director
WASHINGTON, DC — The Electrification Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff to its leadership team: Katie Lineweaver Robinson will begin serving as the Senior Director of EV Programs on Feb. 24; Julie Sutor joined the EC team in January as Director of Communications. Both women bring deep expertise and experience in local government, vehicle fleet transition, community engagement, advocacy and project management, which will fortify the EC’s capabilities in transportation electrification.
Robinson has 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. As the new EC Senior Programs Director, Robinson will oversee the EC’s technical support for 17 ACCC cities in their transportation electrification work.
Robinson has also served in community and corporate relations roles at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Develop Indy, the local economic development arm for the City of Indianapolis; and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS®. At the EC, she will direct the organization’s program work, including freight electrification, the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative, fleet electrification and the Smart City Exchange.
“I’m thrilled to join the Electrification Coalition team,” Robinson said. “The EC leads innovative work in communities across the country to reduce our dependence on oil. These programs yield tangible, real-world results that support our economy, national security and public health. And we’re doing this at a time when the electrification of transportation on a mass scale is urgently needed.”
Sutor comes to the EC from Summit County, Colo., where she served as Director of Communications for seven years. Prior to her time at the county, she worked in the communications office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she managed the development and production of educational and outreach publications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, supporting public- and private-sector fleets in the deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
“This is an exciting time to be working in transportation electrification, and I’m really looking forward to spreading the word about the EC’s many successes and all the opportunities that lie ahead,” Sutor said. “Widespread electrification is the key that will unlock solutions to some of the most pressing challenges our country faces.”
During the past year, the EC staff has tripled in size, expanding the organization’s reach at the local, state and federal levels. The EC’s work to accelerate transportation electrification includes public policy development, market research, policy advocacy, implementation projects, technical support and innovative partnerships and networks.
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About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale, to reduce the economic, public health and national security threats that stem from America’s dependence on oil. For more information, visit electrificationcoalition.org.