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David Ige, Governor, State of Hawaiʻi
Governor David Y. Ige is Hawaiʻi's eighth governor. He is focused on improving the lives of people in Hawaiʻi and making the islands a place future generations choose to call home. Gov. Ige is increasing affordable housing and reducing homelessness, moving toward the state's 100% renewable energy goal, implementing measures to better steward our natural resources, and remodeling the public education system to prepare students for the innovation economy of the 21st century. Gov. Ige was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and graduated from public schools in Pearl City and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.A. in business administration/decision sciences.
Craig Dirksen, Councilor (District 3-Southwest Suburbs), Portland Metro Council
Councilor Dirksen, elected to the Metro Council in 2012, chairs the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and a regional roundtable of local elected and agency officials. He also co-led the high capacity transit planning corridor from Portland to the SW suburbs and led two significant regional projects—Climate Smart Communities, a comprehensive plan to meet state-imposed GHG reduction targets over the next 50 years, and updating the Regional Transportation Plan, Portland region's transportation blueprint. Craig's 30-year public sector and engineering experience includes serving as Mayor of Tigard and on the Tigard City Council; owner of Oregon X-Treme Electric Bicycles and Scooters; and as mechanical designer for CH2M Hill and industrial designer for Bergaila & Associates. He continues to advocate for a complete, balanced transportation system, with particular interest in emerging and future-oriented transportation technologies, including participation in state efforts to pilot a vehicle mileage tax to fund transportation projects such as non-gasoline powered vehicles. He has an A.A. in mechanical engineering from Clark College. He lives in Tigard with his wife and has three sons and seven grandchildren.
Eric Sundquist, Managing Director, State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), University of Wisconsin
Dr. Sundquist, as SSTI managing director, has organized a community of practice that includes many of the nation's most forward-thinking department of transportation CEOs and sustainability directors. He has led numerous technical assistance efforts, including an industry-leading project to assess tripmaking to reduce single occupancy vehicle demand, and a two-year hands-on review of transportation practice and policy in California. Before assuming leadership of SSTI in 2010, he was a senior associate and policy analyst on transportation and clean energy at COWS. Previous include transportation research at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several other newspapers. Eric has a PhD in city and regional planning and a MS in public policy from Georgia Tech, a MH in humanities from the University of Richmond, and a BA in English from Miami University.
Jay Fidell, President, ThinkTech Hawaiʻi
(Master of Ceremonies & Panel 1 Moderator)
Jay is a founding partner of the Bendet Fidell Sugimura law firm and has practiced business law there until 2012, when he retired after 40 years of practice. Jay has an abiding interest in technology, and founded ThinkTech Hawaiʻi, a nonprofit corporation, in 2000 to provide a digital media platform to promote public awareness and civic engagement for Hawaiʻiʻs future. He produced a weekly ThinkTech radio show on HPR until 2008 and today from its studio at Pioneer Plaza, ThinkTech currently broadcasts and uploads 30 live video talk shows each week on the Internet, including four on energy. He has served as a director of HTDC, NELHA, HSDC, HSTC, HVCA and is the chair of Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum's Communications and Outreach working group.
Carl Freedman, Owner and Principal, Haiku Design & Analysis
Carl is the owner and principal of Haiku Design and Analysis, a Maui-based consulting firm specializing in Public Utility Regulatory Affairs, and he has worked on matters before the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission for over 25 years. Carl is also the facilitator for the Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum's Energy Metrics Project.
Ford N. Fuchigami, Director, Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation
Ford oversees HDOT's 15 commercial and general aviation airports, 10 commercial harbors and nearly 2,500 lane miles of state highways. He oversees Hawaiʻi's airport, harbor and highway systems with the help of a dedicated team of approximately 2,600 employees. Ford began his tenure as the Department's Airports Division Deputy Director in January of 2011, until being named Interim Director in May 2014. His mission, and that of HDOT, is the development and improvement of our transportation systems to facilitate safe and efficient travel and commerce statewide.
Chris Yunker, Energy Systems And Planning Program Manager, Hawaiʻi State Energy Office
Chris manages the design and implementation of Hawaiʻi's comprehensive energy ecosystem and energy assurance plans for integrated utility grids, pipelines, fuels, and infrastructure. His branch is devising and deploying statewide clean energy plans, policies, and strategies for reducing petroleum use in transportation, increasing renewable penetration at lower costs to ratepayers, and ensuring energy security. He is a professional engineer (PE) in mechanical engineering and a certified energy manager (CEM) through the association of energy engineers, and has broad energy experience from start-ups to power plant development. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California – San Diego and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Lee Steinmetz, Multimodal Transportation Planner, County of Kauaʻi
Lee oversees pedestrian, bicycle and transit planning for the County of Kauaʻi. At a big picture level, Lee is involved with the development of community plans that link land use and transportation. At a more detailed level, Lee is involved with the design, engineering, and construction of bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities throughout the County. Lee received a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona and is a licensed landscape architect in California. Lee has been a bicycle commuter since elementary school. His children grew up walking to school.
Mike Packard, Complete Streets Program Administrator, Department of Transportation Services, City and County of Honolulu
Mike is a licensed professional engineer and certified traffic operations engineer with over 15 years of progressive traffic engineering and transportation planning experience. Mike recently joined the City and County of Honolulu as the first Complete Streets Program Administrator after spending the prior 8 years working for a local engineering and planning company. Most of his complete streets efforts center on leveraging opportunities to adapt national and global best practices to Honolulu.
Mike Madsen, Environmental Engineer, Hawaiʻi Department of Health Clean Air Branch
Mike has 20 years of experience as an Environmental Engineer at the Hawaiʻi Department of Health Clean Air Branch (CAB). Mike's initial work was in CAB's permitting section to conduct engineering evaluation of the construction and operation of air pollution sources. Mike is currently working to develop and implement CAB's Greenhouse Gas, Regional Haze, and Emissions Inventory Programs.
Lance Tanaka, Director of Government & Public Affairs, Par Hawaiʻi
Lance was appointed director of government and public affairs for Par Hawaiʻi in 2013, a subsidiary of Houston-based Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. and marketer of the 76 and Hele brands of fuel in Hawaiʻi. He oversees government relations, public and media relations, and community investment. Lance previously directed various communication functions for 14 years at McDonnell Douglas Corporation in California before returning to Hawaiʻi in 1994 to join the Bank of Hawaiʻi Corporation. He served as assistant vice president of internal communications until 1999, when he was appointed vice president of government affairs for the bank. From 2006 to 2013, he directed government and public affairs for the Hawaiʻi subsidiary of Tesoro Corporation. Lance is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Greg Gaug, Vice President of Investments, Ulupono Initiative (UI)
Greg manages UI's investments, including strategy evaluation and development, due diligence, financial modeling, and project support and oversight. Greg's energy work includes Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, Ibis Networks, and sustainable transportation projects to reduce the amount of vehicle miles travelled in the state. Prior to joining UI, Greg was the head of strategy and financial planning at StubHub. He is on the boards of Bikeshare Hawaiʻi and OpConnect Hawaiʻi, Greg earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Singapore's INSEAD. In 2015, Greg was recognized as one of Pacific Business News' Forty Under 40 and joined the class of the Pacific Century Fellows.
Maria Tome, Chair of Transportation Working Group, Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum
(Panel 1 Moderator)
Maria is a registered professional engineer with over twenty years of experience in energy in Hawaiʻi, including the development of transportation energy strategies and projects in ethanol, methanol, propane, biodiesel, electric vehicles, hydrogen, renewable energy technologies, and resource assessments. A long-time member of the Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum, in her day job she is the Chief of the Engineering Section of the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission.
Senator Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee, Hawaiʻi State Legislature
Lorraine represents Hawaiʻiʻs 4th District on Hawaiʻi Island. An experienced legislator, she formerly served in the Hawaiʻi State Senate for ten years from 1998-2008. Additionally, Senator Inouye was Hawaiʻi County Mayor from 1990-1992 and was elected to the Hawaiʻi County Council from 1984-1990. In the 2017 Legislative Session, Senator Inouye is the Chair of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee, and is a member of the Water and Land and Ways and Means committees.
Representative Chris Lee, Chair of House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, Hawaiʻi State Legislature
Chris has represented Kailua and Waimanalo in the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives since 2008. Representative Lee currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection (EEP), and also serves on the Judiciary (JUD) and Water and Land (WAL) committees. He is a graduate of Oregon State University and Iolani School.
Leo R. Asuncion, Jr., Director, Hawaiʻi State Office of Planning
Leo is responsible for the overall administration of the management, development, and implementation of overall state policy, and coordination and planning support to state and county agencies. Leo has over 25 years of extensive experience in planning, policy analysis, and management throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region through previous positions with the State Land Use Commission, the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, SSFM International, Inc., and Hawaiian Electric Companies, Inc. Leo holds a Bachelor of Arts-Political Science and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Hawaiʻi Pacific University.
Scott Seu, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Companies
Scott leads Hawaiian Electric's engagement with the community, media, government, and legislature. He joined Hawaiian Electric in 1993 and has held numerous positions across the company, including in the areas of environmental management, customer programs, distributed generation and renewable energy resource development. Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President of System Operation overseeing the operation of the electric system.
Stanley Osserman, Director, Hawai'i Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies
Stan has been the Director of the Hawaiʻi Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, Hawaiʻi State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism since July 2013; but has been involved extensively with Hawaiʻi's energy community for over a decade after being appointed by Governor Linda Lingle to coordinate implementation of the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative with the U.S. Pacific Command. Stanley leverages his extensive military experience in managing a $22 million portfolio of renewable energy and alternative fuel transportation projects for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Brigadier General Stanley Osserman, Jr. is also the retired Commander and Chief of Staff of the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.
Dave Rolf, Executive Director, Hawaiʻi Automobile Association (HADA)
As Executive Director of HADA, which represents 135 franchised new car dealers in Hawaiʻi, Dave has coordinated dealer-related public policy input relating to the introduction of electric vehicles in Hawaiʻi. In 2011, he developed and implemented the education-of-the-general-public component of a portion of the State's EV READY grant program; and, more recently, he presented to the 2017 legislature, HADA's estimates of consumer adoption of electric vehicles, year-by-year, through 2045. In 2003, he played a key role in the development of the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
Ryan Tam, Assistant Deputy Director of Planning, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)
Ryan has coordinated multimodal planning and integration projects, managed metropolitan planning requirements, and provided environmental oversight for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project since 2009. Previously, he was a transportation and community planner for the Honolulu's bus rapid transit effort. He has a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, as well as MA degrees in Transportation and Urban Planning.
Shem Lawlor, Clean Transportation Director, Blue Planet Foundation
Shem leads Blue Planet Foundation's efforts to help Hawaiʻi move to 100% clean transportation. He also oversees the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaiʻi (STCH), one of nearly 100 groups working nationally to reduce petroleum use in the transportation sector as part of the US Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. Prior to joining Blue Planet Foundation and overseeing STCH, Shem spent six years as a transit-oriented development (TOD) planner with the City and County of Honolulu, where he focused on promoting smart growth land use policies, affordable housing, and sustainable mobility through walking, cycling, public transit, bikeshare, and carsharing. Shem earned a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.