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Electric & Shared Mobility
Simply substituting internal combustion engine cars with electric cars will not solve our urban mobility challenges; we can’t end car dependency without building multimodal systems. The e-revolution also includes alternatives such as e-bikes, e-transit, and e-scooters, which can help us build shared-electric cities. This event will focus on how all types of electric transportation can help us build a multimodal city with the goal of reducing miles of single-occupancy trips by car, whether electric or not.

Learn more here: https://urbanmovementlabs.org/hnm/

Sep 29, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Julia Thayne DeMordaunt (Moderator)
Principal of Urban Transformation @Rocky Mountain Institute
An expert in accelerating equitable climate action in cities, Julia Thayne DeMordaunt helps governments, private companies, and not-for-profit organizations translate ambitious visions into tech, policy, and programs that benefit the communities they impact. Before joining the global climate action non-profit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) as Principal of Urban Transformation, she served as Executive Officer of Economic Development at the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, where she oversaw $150 million of financial assistance to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, drove sustainability policy at the Port of Los Angeles, and led mobility innovation programs across L.A.'s transportation departments. Julia previously worked as Director of Urban Development at the infrastructure and technology company Siemens, consulting on sustainability initiatives for 35 cities across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
Veronica Siranosian, AICP
Vice President, Digital Innovation @AECOM
Described by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as among the “visionaries from the mobility innovation industry”, Veronica Siranosian advances digital delivery and innovation in infrastructure planning, design and delivery. Born in Mexico of Armenian ancestry and raised in the US, she is acutely aware of the impacts of place on opportunity, and works to leverage innovation in infrastructure and planning to connect people to opportunities and advance equity. She combines her experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to serve clients globally as a technical subject matter expert for digital and innovative infrastructure projects, with a focus on urban and transportation planning.
Alejandra Alvarez
Project Manager @Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Before joining the LACBC team in July 2021, Alejandra was an avid public transit user. Now, having led community-based projects to improve the safety and health of LA County residents who bike, walk, and use public transit, Alejandra chooses to take on LA on two wheels! In just a short year, Alejandra has spearheaded several projects, including Metro's Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program, a countywide bicycle education program that offers bike safety classes and group rides, and most notably, the E-bike Pilot for Small Businesses, an LADWP backed initiative that is bringing free e-bike loans to small businesses and independent contractors that conduct deliveries in District 15. In her spare time, Alejandra enjoys live music, hiking, and going paddle boarding when the weather is just right.
Robin Chase
Founder @NUMO
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading carsharing network; as well as co-founder of three other companies (vehicle mesh network communications, peer-to-peer carsharing, and ridesharing company). In 2019, she co-founded her first nonprofit, NUMO, a global alliance to channel the opportunities presented by new urban mobility technologies to build cities that are sustainable and just. Her book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.
Michael Samulon
Director of Vehicle Electrification and City Projects @City of Los Angeles
Michael Samulon heads up electric vehicle efforts in the Sustainability Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. His focus is on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution through electrification, as well as reducing energy and water consumption in municipal facilities. He has overseen the deployment of over 750 electric vehicles in the City fleet, charging infrastructure for employees and the public, and runs the City's monthly EV Task Force. Michael is working on long term infrastructure planning with LADWP, LA Metro and the Port of Los Angeles in anticipation of a fully electrified bus fleet and goods movement sector. He also oversaw the energy and water benchmarking of the City's facilities in preparation for the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance.
Nand Kochhar
Vice President, Automotive and Transportation Industry @Siemens Digital Industries Software
Senior engineering executive with extensive leadership experience in all areas of product development, manufacturing, digitalization, simulation technology development and implementation. As a leader, I have driven various business transformations across the Americas, Europe and Asia pacific, delivering significant cost savings, quality and timing improvement. This has given me the cultural awareness to lead diverse global teams to pioneer and deliver large-scale projects. In a time where organizations must become more agile, I thrive as a leader and change agent, ensuring that innovation, technology, digitalization, analytics and systems thinking are at the forefront of business objectives.