Drive Oregon is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Amy Hillman (President), CarCharging Group
Amy Hillman is the NW Client Relations Manager for the Blink Network, a CarCharging Company. In this role she works with private and public organizations to maximize public, private, fleet and workplace Level 2 charging options. Previously she worked with ECOtality and Sustainable Industries. She currently serves as Board Chair for Drive Oregon and sits on other sustainability and community related boards. Amy holds an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Andrea Klaas (Secretary), Port of the Dalles
In 1999, Andrea joined the Port of The Dalles as the Director of Marketing. After six years at the Port, she was promoted to the position of Executive Director. Andrea brings her budgetary and fiscal expertise to Drive Oregon as having acted as the budget officer for the Port for the past eight years. She has also served on the Oregon Key Industry selection committee for Oregon Inc and is a Governor Appointee to the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority. Andrea brings the voice of rural Oregon to Drive Oregon as well as her passion for new and emerging technologies.
John MacArthur (Treasurer),
Transportation Research and Education Consortium
John MacArthur is the Sustainable Transportation Program Manager for the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. Mr. MacArthur’s role is to develop, direct and manage the strategic direction for TREC’s climate and sustainable transportation initiatives. One of his key research focus areas is in transportation electrification. Mr. MacArthur has extensive experience in grant and project management around electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and other efficient transportation and energy issues. Before joining the TREC staff, Mr. MacArthur was the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator for HDR Inc. and worked on Oregon’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program, replacing or retrofitting over 200 state bridges. He has worked for 15 years in the environmental and sustainability field. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and his M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.
John joined the Board because John thinks Oregon leads the country in developing and embracing innovative and clean technologies to address the challenges of the transportation sector. John hopes to link Oregon academic institutions with entrepreneurs and businesses to encourage innovation and growth. John believes transportation electrification has huge win-win potential for all Oregonians.
Charles Allcock, Portland General Electric
Charlie Allcock is the Director of Business Development at Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric utility. Charlie works with local, regional and state economic development organizations to enhance growth of existing businesses and attract new companies to the State of Oregon.
Charlie leads regional and corporate initiatives on renewable energy, clean technologies and broadband communications including electric vehicles, solar, and energy storage. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Drive Oregon (Electric Vehicle promotion), the Portland Streetcar, Inc. and the 7×24 Exchange Oregon & SW Washington Chapter. He served on Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Ten-Year Energy Plan Task Force and was Vice-Chair of the Oregon Transportation Electrification Executive Council. In 2011, Charlie was recognized by Automotive News in the Electrifying 100 listing as a global leader in transportation electrification.
A native of Kobe, Japan, Charlie was past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Japan-America Society of Oregon and is an active member of the Japanese American National Museum Board of Governors and the US-Japan Council. He was a member of the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD), spending ten days in Japan in meetings and information exchanges with Japanese leaders in government, political, business and non-profit sectors.
A graduate of Oregon State University, he resides in Portland with his wife, Kathy. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and photography.
Joe Esmonde, IBEW 48
Thor Hinckley, CLEAResult
Thor Hinkley is an award winning nationally-recognized expert on renewables and distributed energy resources. Currently Senior Program Consultant at CLEAResult, Thor works with their new product development team to pilot programs that help utility customers maximize the value of their energy-spend by increasing their energy efficiency, shifting the times they use energy and providing on-site generation and storage.
Thor’s passion is designing and creating clean energy programs that involve renewables, integrated demand side management, micro grids and energy efficiency. His experience includes working with Portland General Electric, where he developed the nation’s #1 utility renewable power program, as ranked by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Labs. In addition to receiving several awards during his time at PGE, Thor also assisted in developing the Oregon Solar Highway Project for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Solar Pioneer Project on the Oregon State Capitol.
Other notable contributions include serving as Subject Matter Expert for the Bonneville Power Association’s nationally recognized Demand Response Technology Road mapping process and the Pacific NW Smart Grid Development Program.
Gordon Hoffman, Northwest Technology Ventures
Gordon Hoffman is a serial high-tech entrepreneur and currently a Managing Director of Northwest Technology Ventures and an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Oregon Bioscience Incubator. He’s been actively involved in Oregon’s high-tech community, including the life sciences, and serves as an advisor or board member to number of local start-ups and as well as university-related and non-profit organizations.
His roots as an electrical engineer attracted him to Drive Oregon, along with his belief that technology, public policy, and economics are moving together for a broad and bright electric transportation future.
Robert Langford, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
Robert joined American Honda in 1985 after several years in automotive retail. He has held diverse job responsibilities including fixed operations, automobile sales, dealer relations, dealer network planning, and fleet management. As Manager, Electric Vehicle Sales, Robert leads national sales efforts for battery, fuel cell and plug in hybrid electric vehicles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from California State University.
John Morris, Morris Energy Consulting
John Morris is the CEO of Morris Energy Consulting. an energy firm with a focus on electric vehicles, policy and regulatory affairs, indoor agriculture, and microgrids. His firm delivers services related to energy efficiency and smart load.
Previously, John was the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director for CLEAResult where he managed energy efficiency policy in 14 Western States and Canadian Provinces.
At Drive Oregon, John chairs the Utility Engagement Working Group of the Energize Oregon Coalition. John also serves on the board of Northwest Energy Efficiency Council an energy efficiency industry association. For NEEC, John chairs the Energy Policy Committee. John is a co-founder and board member of the Resource Innovation Institute. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to provide certification standards, technology reviews and a market based platform for best practices on resource conservation in the cannabis industry.
William Nesmith, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jesse Oliver, Sr., AmFor Electronics
Jesse Oliver is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AmFor Electronics, where he has served in sales and sales management since 2009. AmFor is a local Portland, OR Manufacturer of custom wire harnesses and cable assemblies as well as other turn-key products for the automotive, industrial and construction markets. Prior to that he was a branch manager-in-training, Regional Government Account Manager, and the interim Director of Government Sales for United Rentals, the largest construction equipment rental company in the US. Jesse is also a U.S. Army Veteran, having served for 10 years as an enlisted communications repair tech and as a Helicopter Pilot. He served at various duty stations throughout the US, the Middle East, and South Korea. He received his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin School of Business from Babson College. Jesse has been involved in the Drive Oregon organization from almost the start and has served on various committees as well as on the Board of Directors since its inception.
James Price, Mentor Graphics
James Price joined Mentor Graphics in 2001 and has been responsible for marketing in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Initially James was based out of their London UK office, but moved in 2006 to Mentor’s head office in Wilsonville, OR. Prior to Mentor, James held both technical and marketing positions at companies such as BAe Systems, ROCC Computers, Gimlet Management Consultants and CSI. James has a passion for Clean Energy/Electric Vehicles, Oregon and marketing which makes him ideal to serve on the Drive Oregon board and marketing committees.
Derek Rotz, Freightliner
Derek Rotz is Director of advanced engineering at Daimler Trucks North America, where he has devoted the past 10 years on fuel efficiency and safety R&D.
Rotz previously led SuperTruck, a US Department of Energy program to improve efficiency by over 50%. He is also involved in the Highway Pilot, the world’s first licensed autonomous truck to operate on public highways in Nevada.
Rotz has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1996. He later earned an MBA from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. He serves as board member of Drive Oregon and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
John Russell, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle, LLP
Beginning his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, John worked with implementation of feedback control systems and signal processing techniques. While at Ford, John was lucky enough to work on a range of new technologies and help contribute to the advancement of the state of the art as a named inventor on more than 170 United States Patents to date.
John transitioned to the intellectual property department at Ford and worked on matters including patent procurement, licensing and negotiations, non-infringement and design-around client counseling, and foreign oppositions. While working at Ford, John developed a passion for everything patents and Intellectual Property law. John took the leap from engineer to attorney and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan. Since then John has been in private practice representing clients in a variety of patent and trademark matters.
John joined Drive Oregon’s Board because, “ It was an opportunity to help grow Oregon’s automotive related industry and I thought my background in automotive technology could be of assistance.”
All board members have agreed to abide by a strict Conflict of Interest Policy, and are required to final annual disclosure forms, which are available here.