Steve McCannon – President, Board of Directors
Mobile Sources Program Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Steve is currently the director of the mobile sources program for CDPHE’s air quality department. Formerly the deputy director for the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), he was focused on strategies to reduce mobile source air pollution through policy development and incentivizing the purchase of alternatively fueled vehicles (i.e., natural gas, electric and propane), retrofitting the legacy diesel and gasoline fleet and repairing/salvaging high-emitting and smoking vehicles. McCannon graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1992 and completed his Master of public administration at the University of Colorado – Denver in 1997.
Robert Spotts - Vice President
Mobility Analytics Program Manager, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
Robert manages DRCOG’s Mobility Analytics Program, focusing on air quality, regional congestion, and travel modeling. He works with regional, state, and federal agencies to prepare environmental analyses of regional transportation plans and leads DRCOG’s transportation planning/environmental integration activities, including working towards the DRCOG Board’s goals to drastically reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector.
Robert earned his BA in Geography and his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado – Denver. He has worked at DRCOG since 2007, including time as a Travel Modeling Technician and a Transportation Improvement Program Planner.
Mary Till – Board Secretary
Director of Business Development, Sawatch Labs
Mary has leveraged the power of driving data for more than eight years to change driver behavior, increase safety, and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. With her extensive knowledge of embedded telematics systems, she led deployments in over 20 countries. Her present work at Sawatch Labs supports smart, economical fleet electrification & optimization for commercial and government fleets through advanced analysis of telematics data. Mary holds a B.S. in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.
Ian Stern-Markovitz – Board Treasurer
National Account Sales Executive, Turntide Technologies
Ian graduated with honors from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science, focusing on Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development. He has worked in various roles in sustainability and energy efficiency, ranging from Residential Energy Surveyor for DNV/KEMA to sales with American Lighting and Progress Lighting focusing on LED retrofits. From June of 2017 to May of 2021, he was on ChargePoint’s Outside Sales Team, growing their count of commercial, multifamily and fleet EV ports to over 1,000 networked spaces in Colorado. Ian currently is National Account Sales Executive for Turntide Technologies and is a passionate EV driver.
Maria DiBiase Eisemann
Senior Policy Analyst, Transportation Fuels and Technology - Colorado Energy Office
In her role as Senior Transportation Policy Analyst for the Colorado Energy Office, Maria develops and evaluates policy and studies on clean fuels and zero emission vehicles and technologies. She serves as chair of the Colorado Electric Vehicle Coalition and its Policy and EV Equity subgroups. She represented the office in the development and implementation of the Regional Electric Vehicle West MOU with eight other western states. She was also lead in the development of the 2020 Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan released in April 2020. Prior to her employment at the Colorado Energy Office, Maria was Coordinator of Northern Colorado Clean Cities. She also spent 7 years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington D.C. in the Office of Compliance working on air regulatory issues, rulemakings, and voluntary compliance incentives. Before and after working at the EPA, she worked for the National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety at Colorado State University on the National Tampering Surveys, On Board Diagnostic’s research and outreach, and helping to organize the annual National Mobile Sources Clean Air Conference. Maria also spent 2.5 years with the US Peace Corps in the Philippines.
Program Coordinator, Regional Air Quality Council
Matt is currently the program manager for the RAQC’s mobile sources programs, including Charge Ahead Colorado and ALT Fuels Colorado. Matt leads coordinated efforts with state agencies, local governments, and private companies to adopt electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) state-wide. Matt earned his BA in Political Science from Metropolitan State College of Denver, is a Colorado native, and proud father of two girls.
Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
John Gonzales is a senior engineer for technical assistance and deployment of alternative fuel vehicles for the Clean Cities Coalition Network, a position housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He works with the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum and researches gaseous fuel storage equipment. In addition to his natural gas expertise, John spends considerable time providing technical assistance on a variety of propane and electric vehicle projects.
Before coming to NREL, John worked for the Natural Fuels Corporation promoting natural gas as an alternative fuel for automobiles, trucks, and buses. As the fleet manager for Adams 12 Five Star School District in suburban Denver, Colorado—a district of 42,000 students—he was responsible for 140 school buses and 120 support vehicles, also overseeing vehicle maintenance and custodial equipment. John’s hands-on experience helps him relate to the concerns of fleet managers who are adopting and using a variety of alternative fuels and advanced technologies.
John graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a B.S. in automotive parts and service management. He has served as a board member for the American Lung Association of Colorado, as chairman of the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition, and as chairman for the Colorado Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association.
Senior Associate, RMI
As a Senior Associate with RMI’s Carbon-Free Mobility team, Jessie is dedicated to accelerating the clean energy transition and specializes in emissions reductions from heavy-duty transport. She works closely with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) to advance electric truck adoption and her background also includes work on transit bus electrification, charging infrastructure buildout, policy, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, and project management. Jessie was the recipient of SAE’s 2020 Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award. Prior to joining RMI, Jessie served as the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the City and County of Denver. Jessie earned a M.Sc. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and a BA in International Studies from the University of Missouri. Jessie is the Co-Lead of the Colorado Front Range Chapter of Women of EVs (WEV).
Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Tyler Svitak has built his career solving problems at the intersection of technology and urbanism. Tyler has held strategic roles advancing connected, automated, and electric mobility initiatives at the City and County of Denver, Colorado Department of Transportation, and American Lung Association in Colorado, where he led or contributed to some of the most innovative smart mobility projects and policies in the country.
Tyler became the Executive Director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance in 2019, which is the first and only statewide coalition of public, private, academic and research organizations committed to advancing smart cities initiatives across sectors and jurisdictions. Tyler leads the membership-based organization as it develops a new model for project identification, replication, and scale.