Virtual Roundtable

Electric by 2030: The Urgency and Opportunity in Electrifying the U.S. Transportation Sector

A US Climate Action Week event hosted by the Zero Emission Transportation Association in partnership with The Climate Group

Join us on April 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Electric vehicles (EVs) present a historic opportunity for the U.S. to significantly reduce carbon pollution, dramatically improve public health, galvanize American manufacturing leadership, and create hundreds of thousands of American jobs along the way.

Ahead of Earth Day, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) will be hosting a detailed discussion with EV industry and policy leaders to discuss the pathway to full EV adoption by 2030.

The discussion will further explore the importance of:

  • President Biden’s American Jobs Plan
  • Infrastructure and the legislative process
  • Light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electrification
  • National charging initiatives
  • Domestic manufacturing and supply chains
  • Federal leadership
Panelists

David Turk
Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy

JoAnn Covington
Chief Legal Officer & Head of Government Relations, Proterra 

Cathy Zoi
Chief Executive Officer, EVGo

Laurie Giammona
Senior Vice President, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Menka Sethi
Chief Operating Officer, American Battery Technology Company

Joe Britton (Moderator)
Executive Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association

About ZETA

The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) is a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100% EV sales by 2030. ZETA is committed to enacting policies that drive EV adoption, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing dominance, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.

Event Details

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET

Media Inquiries

Dan Zotos
Communications Director, ZETA
dan@zeta2030.org
(617) 448-7497

Webinar Participants

Meet the Panelists

David Turk
Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy

Prior to his nomination as Deputy Secretary, Turk was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he focused on helping countries around the world tackle their clean energy transitions. He also directed reports on the digitalization of energy systems, the future of clean hydrogen, and a project tracking progress on a wide range of clean energy technologies.

During the Obama-Biden Administration, Turk coordinated international technology and clean energy efforts at DOE. During this time, he helped spearhead the launch of Mission Innovation—a global effort to enhance clean energy innovation.

Turk also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the U.S. National Security Council, where he coordinated interagency legislative affairs efforts by the full range of national security agencies and provided legislative advice to National Security Council decision-making. He also previously worked at the U.S. Department of State, including as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and helping to coordinate New Start Treaty ratification efforts in the U.S. Senate.   

Earlier in his career, Turk worked in both the U.S. Senate, primarily on national security issues, and as the Staff Director of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee. 

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JoAnn Covington
Chief Legal Officer & Head of Government Relations, Proterra

JoAnn Covington, Proterra’s chief legal officer, leads the company’s legal and government relations, and serves as corporate secretary. JoAnn joined Proterra from advertising technology firm, Rocket Fuel Inc., where she served as senior vice president and general counsel and led the legal, policy, business affairs and business development functions. 

While there she was instrumental in leading Rocket Fuel through its 2013 IPO when that company was the fastest growing technology company on Deloitte’s Fast 500. Prior to Rocket Fuel, JoAnn held senior legal roles for Electronic Arts Inc., an entertainment software company. She began her career with Fenwick & West LLP representing technology companies in intellectual property litigation. JoAnn received her law degree from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude.

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Cathy Zoi
Chief Executive Officer, EVGo

Cathy Zoi joined EVgo as CEO in 2017 and has led the company’s growth and its establishment as the preeminent public fast charging network in the US. Zoi came to EVgo as a distinguished executive with decades of experience in the clean energy, investing, and policy communities.

She has held numerous CEO and senior executive positions in the energy industry, government, academia and non-profit sectors. She was President and co-founder of Odyssey Energy, a distributed generation software company she continues to chair. She was founding CEO of Frontier Power, a rural electrification company incubated by SunEdison. Zoi was an energy investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital, a board member for Ice Energy, SES, and Pacific Solar, and a management consultant at ICF and Next Energy. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary at the Department of Energy, where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. Zoi was also the founding CEO of both the Alliance for Climate Protection, established and chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, a $50m fund to commercialize clean energy technologies in Australia. In the early 1990s, Zoi was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White House and she pioneered the Energy Star program while at the U.S. EPA. Zoi was also an adjunct professor and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University, where she taught and did research between 2012 and 2017.

Zoi has a B.S. in Geology from Duke University and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth.

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Laurie Giammona
Senior Vice President, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Giammona leads all aspects of PG&E’s Customer Care organization, including cyber and corporate security.
In this capacity, Giammona oversees service to 16 million people throughout Northern and Central California, which includes billing, metering, revenue, call centers, local offices, account services, low-income offerings, as well as customer programs like energy efficiency, solar, electric vehicle and demand response portfolios.
She is dedicated to the voice of the customer, improving service and the customer experience, and supporting PG&E’s workforce across Northern and Central California.

A native of the Bay Area, Giammona joined PG&E in January 2012 as Vice President, Customer Service. In this role, she oversaw initiatives to improve customer experience and satisfaction through upgrades to customer communications and contact centers as well as creating more personalized options for customers through online and mobile platforms. She drove PG&E’s initiative to form regional leadership teams throughout its service area to better understand and address the local needs of customers.

Previously, Giammona was Regional Vice President of Customer Care at Comcast, where she led customer sales, service and experience for 5 million households in California. Also at Comcast, Giammona held positions managing field services, engineering and construction, government relations and direct sales as well as call center design, development and effectiveness programs.

Giammona also held executive positions at United Airlines, leading teams in customer service, business and airport operations, sales, and training and development.

She currently serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce, UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute, and Veloz, the nonprofit helping to accelerate the shift to electric cars.

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Menka Sethi
Chief Operating Officer, American Battery Technology Company

As Chief Operating Officer of American Battery Technology Company, I work closely with the CEO and CFO to drive the Company’s operational and business strategies. Among my responsibilities, I lead corporate strategy, policy, operations, marketing, communications, public relations, compliance, branding, and talent planning.

American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) has built a clean technology platform that increases production of primary metals used in batteries that power electric cars, grid storage applications, consumer electronics and power tools. Our platform creates a circular economy for battery metals that champions ethical and environmentally sustainable sourcing of critical materials.

Joe Britton
Executive Director, Zero Emission Transportation Association

Joe has spent the past fifteen years working in the U.S. Senate, most recently serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Prior to that he spent five years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and six years with Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) serving as a Legislative Assistant. He also served as a Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, helping to oversee the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and the Forest Service. He helped launch the Zero Emission Transportation Association alongside 37 member companies in November 2020.

He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and American Government from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Arts in Government and a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

He and his wife, Katie, had their first child in November of 2015 and their second in November of 2018.

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This event is open to the press. For media inquires, contact:
Dan Zotos
Communications Director, ZETA
dan@zeta2030.org

About Us

The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) is a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100% EV sales by 2030. Enacting policies that drive EV adoption will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, secure American global EV manufacturing dominance, drastically improve public health, and significantly reduce carbon pollution.

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