Summit Series Speakers

Lauren Sanchez

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Lauren Sanchez has over a decade of experience in tackling the climate crisis from government, academic and non-profit roles at the global, national and local levels. She currently serves as Governor Newsom’s Senior Advisor for Climate and most recently served as Senior Advisor to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, she was deputy secretary for climate policy and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency and international policy director at the California Air Resources Board from 2017 to 2021. She was a climate negotiator at the U.S. Department of State from 2015 to 2017, serving on the Paris Agreement negotiation team. Sanchez is a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University.

Dr. Quinta Warren

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Dr. Quinta Warren is the Associate Director of Sustainability Policy at Consumer Reports, leading the team’s advocacy efforts around policies that address the impacts of air pollution, with the overarching goal of building a more sustainable and equitable future for consumers.

Dr. Warren has worked in sustainability and energy for over a decade, including on carbon management policies related to electricity generation with the Department of Energy and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, on developing novel CO2 capture solvents in the oil and gas industry, and in providing energy solutions sustainably to entrepreneurs in Africa.

Dr. Warren holds a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.

Les Swizer

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Les Swizer serves as Staff Counsel for the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), the nation’s largest statewide association representing new car dealers, with 1,300 franchised new car and truck dealers throughout the state. CNCDA members are primarily engaged in the retail sale and lease of new vehicles, and also engage in automotive service, repair, and part sales. In his role as Staff Counsel, Les manages legal compliance issues, serves as a liaison to state regulatory agencies, and conducts various research projects on government and regulatory affairs-related issues. Issue areas of focus include zero-emission vehicles, automotive repair, new technology, industry disruptors, compliance, industry relations, and dealership operations. Prior to his time on the legal and policy teams at CNCDA, Les served as a Law Clerk for the association for 2 years and was an extern for a federal judge in the Eastern District of California. Les also worked in the automotive industry as an automotive technician, service manager, and territory sales manager for 10 years. He has completed research on hydrogen fuel cell technology and has a longstanding, deep appreciation for new and emerging technology in the automotive space. Les sees the exciting advances in the auto industry as a representation and reflection of the nation’s ingenuity, empathy, environmentalism, and of course love of power and freedom. Like humans themselves, Les believes vehicles will continue to evolve, mirroring the people in them, representing their personalities and aspirations.

Adam Sykes

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Adam Sykes is Vice President of Corporate Communications for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Sykes is responsible for corporate communications for product, technology, production plants and business in the U.S. and the entire Americas region.

Adam has been with the BMW Group since 2004 and has spent the majority of that time working with and in markets across all global regions. Key roles have included Head of Strategy and Head of MINI Marketing in the UK, Head of Global Business Development for the MINI brand and, most recently, Head of Corporate Communications for the Asia Pacific, Africa and Importer Market region.

In addition, Adam has a strong background in strategy, including leading the team that facilitated the development of Strategy Number ONE NEXT. Through that he brings key insights into key future developments at the BMW Group and across the industry as well as a broad network across all divisions of the company. In that role, he additionally gained in depth knowledge of the US business whilst managing the strategy initiative for the market.

Elaine Borseth

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Elaine Borseth is the Electric Vehicle Association President. She has inspired leaders across the globe to form what is now more than 100 chapters all with the goal of educating their local communities about the benefits of clean transportation and driving electric.

Elaine is passionate about driving electric and works to inspire others to get involved in educating and advocating for the rapid adoption of electric vehicles wherever the road leads her.

Elaine has demonstrated her success in growing the adoption of electric vehicles and is past President of the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego that is now the largest of the nonprofit’s chapters.

Elaine gives generously of her time to talk to both chapter leaders and Electric Vehicle Association members in the U.S. and around the world about their important role in encouraging their communities to grow the adoption of electric vehicles.

Terea Macomber

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Terea Macomber is an accomplished sustainability advocate, currently leading clean mobility programs at Grid Alternatives. With a passion for history, data and sustainable energy futures, Terea has built a career embedded in equity and justice, and she works to challenge the norms of our built environment. As she leads the just transition of decarbonizing mobility, Terea leverages her position to remind stakeholders to use this moment for transforming our transportation system so that everyone’s movement is safe, inclusive and equitable.

Vaasha Lutchman

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Vaasha is the Senior Manager for the Dealership, Fleet and OEM team for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project at the Center for Sustainable Energy. With her passion for clean transportation and project management she oversees developing resources for dealers to sell EVs nationwide and advance CSE’s goal to decarbonize our busy roads. Vaasha previously worked for six years at Tesla Motors and was responsible for standing up the global delivery hub infrastructure increasing delivery output of Model 3’s throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Vaasha is a leader in project management and operations by specializing in process improvement design and program implementation. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University Northridge and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Social Cinematic Technology from the University of Southern California. 

Ariane Erickson

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Ariane has held a number of positions during her tenure at Acterra. In her current role, she oversees the Karl Knapp GoEV program, which is helping accelerate the shift to electric vehicles through public outreach and education. For many years, Ariane directed Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards, and prior to Acterra, she managed alumni programming for UCLA. She holds a degree in Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Hon. David Strickland

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Hon. David Strickland serves as Vice President for Global Regulatory Affairs and Transportation Technology Policy for General Motors. He is responsible for regulatory agency advocacy at the local, state, national and international levels, focusing on GM’s transition to leading electric and automated vehicle manufacturing.

Prior to GM, Strickland served as Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 2019–2021. As part of the regulatory group at national law firm Venable LLP from 2014–2019, he focused on transportation policy, consumer protection, internet privacy, data security and legislative government affairs. Prior to joining Venable, Strickland served as the 14th administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2010–2014. Prior to NHTSA, he spent eight years with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as Democratic Senior Counsel.

Strickland graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies and Political Science from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law.

Veloz Staff Speakers:

Josh D. Boone

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Josh Boone is the founding executive director of Veloz. Josh has worked in the zero-emissions vehicle field for more than 10 years, bringing the public and private sectors together to advance awareness, understanding and consideration for electric cars. He creatively brings his policy and technical background to grow engagement across a variety of networks to passionately implement Veloz’s Electric For All mission.

Previously, Josh was the deputy executive director of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative upon which Veloz was founded. He led all Veloz development efforts to foster the initial concept, including directing work efforts to give the organization a name, brand, visual identity, philosophy and workplan while also spearheading board development.

Josh holds MS and BS degrees from the University of California, Davis, and has authored several scientific publications. He and his wife have three children and drive electric.

Alfred Artis

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Alfred Artis is the new Program Director for Veloz. Previously, Alfred worked as a public policy analyst with Consumer Reports, advocating for policies that would accelerate the adoption of clean cars in California, Colorado, Nevada and other states.

He leads the strategy, development and implementation of Veloz’s Summit Series stakeholder meetings and webinars, EV Market Report and grant and policy programs on a state and national level. As part of the Veloz leadership team, he will advance the conversation about the benefits of the electric vehicle market and participate in key industry conferences and meetings.

Alfred grew up in the Bay Area and now lives in San Francisco after working on political campaigns and earning a BA in History from Emory University. He doesn’t own a car, but when he drives, it’s electric.