Market Builders Forum
Panel 2: The Infrastructure Imperative II – Beyond Cars
Monday, June 12, 2023
10:35 am - 11:15 am
Electric Power Research Institute
Dan Bowermaster is the Senior Program Manager for Electric Transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research. Dan leads a team of more than 20 engineers and scientists who are working to scale electric transportation for the benefit of society. For more than 32 years, EPRI’s electric transportation program has provided research critical to the development of technology, infrastructure, and analytics necessary to support the advancement of electric transportation. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. He also has an MBA from Wharton as well as a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s worked in the electric vehicle industry for 13 years, including two years at Pacific Gas & Electric which he joined after graduating from Wharton in 2008. Dan has moved 24 times since high school. He and his wife now live in San Francisco with their three young kids. His passions include really old Jeeps, big dogs, and an off-the-grid family cabin from the 1930s.
Mike Battaglia brings over 25 years of automotive, technology and sales experience to the Blink family. He holds deep connections throughout the automotive industry and is an expert in building high performing sales teams. A Cum Laude graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Mike Battaglia comes to Blink Charging after a distinguished career at J.D. Power & Associates. During his 15-year career at the company he advanced quickly and held positions ranging from Director of Operational Research to Vice-President of Automotive Retail and Vice President of Sales, among other positions. Bringing experience from other major companies including Toyota and Penske, Mike has decades of management experience which he applies daily to his role as the Chief Revenue Officer at Blink.
Sara leads public policy and market strategy efforts for EVgo, which encompasses state and federal efforts to accelerate transportation electrification across the U.S. with public utilities commissions, elected officials, and state and federal agencies. Prior to EVgo, Sara led public policy and market strategy efforts at a national solar energy finance and development firm based in Washington D.C.
Port of Los Angeles
Artie Mandel is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Port of Los Angeles. As a member of the Port’s Labor and Government Affairs team, he is responsible for the planning and execution of the Port’s priority federal, state and local advocacy campaigns. Mandel focuses on the Port’s most challenging advocacy issues, working with stakeholders and building coalitions to influence the Executive Branch, Congress, the Legislature, State agencies, and other policymakers. His priority areas of focus include sustainability and climate change, infrastructure, and supply chain resilience. Previously, he served for ten years on Capitol Hill as Senior Policy Advisor for United State Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Legislative Director for Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), where he focused on tax, international trade and affordable housing policy. Originally from New Jersey, Mandel earned a degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.
Alliance for Transportation Electrification
Philip Jones is currently President of Phil Jones Consulting LLC based in Seattle, Washington, that provides expert advice and consulting services for organizations in the fields of energy and utility regulation, communications regulation, and cybersecurity compliance and regulation. Mr. Jones currently serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification (ATE), an industry-funded non-profit association that seeks to promote the acceleration of transportation electrification deployments, a robust utility role, and interoperability and open standards. Mr. Jones served as a Commissioner on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) for 12 years from 2005 to 2017. He served in many leadership positions in NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners). He served as President of NARUC in 2012-13. He serves on the EPRI Advisory Council. Mr. Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington, and a graduate with a B.A. from Harvard College.
David Owen is the Manager of Electrification for CenterPoint Energy’s Strategic Business Growth and Engagement organization, where he leads a team that enables electric vehicle growth through education and outreach and supports commercial and industrial customer interest in electrification. As a subject matter expert in transportation electrification, David advises CenterPoint’s Fleet Operations in support of the company’s transition to electric fleet vehicles and serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Electric Drive Transportation Association. He has been with CenterPoint Energy for over 40 years and has been assigned progressive responsibilities in engineering, financial planning, strategic planning, marketing analytics and project management. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.