Margo Oge

Margo T. Oge is the former Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality(OTAQ) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a position that culminated a 32-year career with the EPA. During her 18-year tenure as Director of OTAQ, Margo Oge was the chief architect of the most important achievements in the history of the federal air pollution control in the U.S. transportation sector. These included programs that reduced emissions from automobiles, trucks, buses, off-road vehicles, and locomotives and marine by up to 99 percent. She led the EPA’s development of the first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and heavy-duty trucks, helped establish the Renewable Fuels Standard, and was instrumental in establishing the United Nations process on global harmonization of transportation emissions standards, worldwide.

She is the Chair of the board of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), a member of the Volkswagen Group’s International Sustainability Council and  a Distinguished Fellow Climateworks Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS),and has served as a member of the National Academies of Science on Energy and Environment and the Advisory Committee of the US Global Change Research Program. She is the author of “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Clean Cars”. Margo holds a master‘s degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Sykes, Adam

After starting his career in the automotive supplier industry, Adam spent almost 5 years working for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants before joining BMW in 2004. He has held numerous leadership positions in the fields of strategy, sales & marketing, communications and government affairs. Furthermore, he has worked in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas as well as for the BMW and MINI brands. Notably, he led the initiative to develop the global corporate strategy with the BMW Group Board of Management in 2015. Adam is currently Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Communication for the Americas region covering all Corporate activities from Canada to Argentina. In this capacity he is responsible for advancing BMW’s sustainability strategy with internal and external stakeholders. Adam’s key areas of focus includes but is not limited to electrification, charging infrastructure, trade, manufacturing, supply chain, and more.

Robb, John

Mr. Robb brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role and looks forward to leading HATCI in greater capacity as President. He brings more than 30 years of electronics and automotive experience.

Most recently, at HATCI, Mr. Robb served as Director of the Electronic Systems Development Group.  At the forefront of the multimedia, telematics, and autonomous aspects during his tenure in the automotive sector, he has held roles with he U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM), OnStar, and Daimler Chrysler. At Daimler Chrysler, he lead a team of Engineers and Developers that launched approximately 42 domestic and global products for multimedia and telematics.

John’s expansive knowledge of the vehicle development process will serve HATCI well. His experience represents a solid foundation to formalize the newly created organizational structure announced in March.

Mr. Robb received an MBA from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and a BSEE from Lawrence Technological University.

Kawahira, Izuru

Izuru Kawahira is a Vice President at NASI and an Executive Engineer in the Washington, DC office. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the technological policy, regulation and new technology trends research related automobiles, and technical affairs in the United States. Previously, in Japan, he was the Director of the Certification Department, where he was involved in global certification operations and was exposed to regulatory changes and responses in various countries.

Kawahira’s career started in the engine development department of Subaru (formerly Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.) in 1985, and has been involved in the development of power units for the US market for many years, including work at Subaru R&D. Since 2010, he has been the Deputy Director of Subaru R&D Michigan, a position he has held for four years.

Kawahira holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto Institute of Technology.

Choby, Jordan

Jordan Choby is the Vice President of Powertrain Controls & Calibration in Toyota North America’s R&D office located in Ann Arbor, MI. In this position, Mr. Choby is responsible for the development and integration of a wide range of powertrain technology for Toyota’s North America’s vehicle lineup. These powertrain products include engines & transmissions, electrified hybrid powertrains including plug-in, Battery-EV and Fuel Cell-EV products. His team’s focus is delivering products that meet the needs of the North American customer spanning from driving enjoyment to carbon reduction. Mr. Choby has a BSME from Grove City College and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Pimentel, Michael

Michael Pimentel is the Executive Director of the California Transit Association, a nonprofit trade organization representing California’s transit industry, including more than 85 public transit and rail agencies statewide. In this role, Michael oversees the Association’s state and federal advocacy efforts and member education program, with special focus on climate change and air quality initiatives. Before being selected as Executive Director by the Association’s Executive Committee, Michael was the Association’s Deputy Executive Director.

Prior to joining the Association, Michael held various appointed positions in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown, serving most recently as Senior Legislative Analyst at the California High-Speed Rail Authority. In this role, Michael developed and managed the Authority’s legislative program, advised its CEO on legislative and budgetary issues and developments, and served as the Authority’s primary liaison to the State Legislature, the California State Transportation Agency, and the Office of the Governor. Previously, Michael served as a Legislative Assistant in Governor Brown’s office.

Michael received a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a fellow with the New Leaders Council in 2015 and recently concluded his term on the Advisory Board for the organization’s Sacramento chapter. He is an active member of the Young Professionals in Transportation – Sacramento.

Estolano, Cecilia V.

Cecilia V. Estolano is a leading expert on contemporary urban planning issues, with experience in economic and workforce development, land use, environmental equity, and urban revitalization for cities and communities across the country. She has worked directly with public, private, institutional, and non-profit clients to plan, finance, design, implement, and operate policy-driven programs and projects that promote sustainable solutions tailored for each community. Cecilia is a Regent of the University of California and has served as President of the California Community College Board of Governors and on many other boards and commissions. Prior to founding Estolano LeSar Advisors in 2011, Cecilia served as CEO of CRA/LA, practiced land use and environmental law at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. EPA during the Clinton Administration, and served as Environmental Policy Advisor to former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley. Cecilia earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA, and a Juris Doctor degree from UC Berkeley.