Electrification Coalition Announces Three New Members Of Expanding Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2020
Contact: Ben Prochazka | 303.717.3657 | bprochazka@electrificationcoalition.org

Washington, D.C.—The Electrification Coalition (EC) today announced that Sue Gander, Meredith Roberts and Aaron Viles have joined the EC’s growing team and will help launch an expanded effort to increase supportive electric vehicle (EV) policies at the local, state and federal levels. The Electrification Coalition (EC) is a sister organization to Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a nonpartisan nonprofit with a mission to reduce U.S. oil dependence as an economic and national security priority.

The additions of Sue, Meredith and Aaron lend further experience and expertise to the EC’s efforts to reduce U.S. oil dependence through the accelerated adoption of EVs, filling three critical positions as the EC scales up its work in fostering greater EV adoption by advancing effective policies at the federal, state and local levels.

“Sue, Meredith and Aaron are accomplished transportation and energy professionals who will bring a great deal of policy advocacy and campaign expertise to the Electrification Coalition. We look forward to benefiting from their decades of experience as we work to create compelling policies that advance vehicle electrification and change the future of transportation across the country,” said Ben Prochazka, National Director for the Electrification Coalition.

Sue Gander joins the EC as the Managing Director of Electric Vehicle Policy. In this role, Sue will lead the planning and execution of the EC’s policy work to accelerate the adoption of EVs on a mass scale, working across local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining the EC, Sue directed the Energy, Infrastructure and Environment Division at the National Governors Association for more than a decade. Her work included advancing state-based electrification efforts through engagement with public officials, utilities, manufacturers, infrastructure companies and non-profit organizations and providing governors’ offices with tailored technical assistance.

Meredith Roberts will serve as a Program Manager for State EV Policy, supporting the EC’s expanding state policy work. In her previous role, Meredith managed regulatory and legislative affairs across the western states for SolarCity and Tesla. Meredith also supported efforts to grow EV access in New Mexico, built broad stakeholder support for the consumer rebate model in Oregon and worked to update the City of Seattle’s building code standards to include EV infrastructure provisions.

Aaron Viles joins the EC as a Program Manager and will help expand the EC’s proven EC accelerator community model (DENC, ROCEV, Smart Columbus) in some of our priority states. Aaron comes to the EC with over 20 years of experience in electoral, environmental and issue advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels, most recently working to support a successful campaign for the new Kentucky Governor.

Learn more about all of our staff on our website. 

We are hiring for more positions, you can view them and apply here.

About Securing America’s Future Energy

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization that aims to reduce America’s dependence on oil. Near-total dependence on petroleum in the transportation sector undermines the nation’s economic and national security, and constrains U.S. foreign policy. To combat these threats, SAFE advocates for expanded domestic production of U.S. oil and gas resources, continued improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency, and transportation sector innovations including electric vehicles, natural gas trucks, and autonomous vehicles. In 2006, SAFE joined with General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, to form the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing the United States’ dependence on oil. Today, the ESLC is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith and General James T. Conway (Ret), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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About the Electrification Coalition

The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that reduce America’s dependence on oil by facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. The members of the Electrification Coalition are leaders of companies representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation system.
For more information, visit www.electrificationcoalition.org.

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