Jeff Allen, Executive Director
Jeff Allen became the first Executive Director of Drive Oregon in December 2011.
Jeff’s executive career spans some twenty years, serving as Executive Director or Organizational Development Consultant to nonprofit organizations including the Crater Lake Trust, the Small Diameter Stewardship Collaborative, the Rogue Valley Workforce Development Council, and the Sustainable Valley Technology Group, Southern Oregon’s first business incubator.
From 1996-2006, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC). Under his leadership, OEC nearly quadrupled its budget and staff while strengthening its reputation for creative, collaborative problem solving and effective advocacy.
Jeff’s previous environmental policy work includes projects in Europe, at the state level, and with national non-profit environmental groups including the Center for Clean Air Policy, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan. Jeff enjoys cycling, fishing, wine, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Zach Henkin, Program Director
As Program Director, Zach oversees Drive Oregon’s activities advancing workplace charging, electric vehicle deployment, and the adoption of electric vehicles by municipalities and businesses.
An automotive and multi-modal transportation enthusiast, Zach came to Drive Oregon after spending time growing his energy aptitude while working in the solar energy industry building relationships and leading several Solarize programs in Clackamas and Multnomah County. Zach earned his MBA with a focus on Sustainable Business in 2013 from Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon and lives with his family in Oregon City.
Jeanette Shaw became the first Director of Government Relations of Drive Oregon in December 2016.
Jeanette’s career spans more than twenty years and has centered on transportation, technology, and wine. She has served as a Government Relations Executive for a Fortune 500 technology company; Executive Director and Organizational Development Consultant to several nonprofit organizations including TechNet, the Oregon Wine Board, and Women in Public Policy; and Staff to an elected state representative and County Board of Supervisor. She is a recognized speaker on Smart Cities, Transportation Network Companies, and autonomous, connected and electric vehicles.
Jeanette holds an Executive MBA from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Service from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a Board Member of the recently funded Oregon East Metro STEAM Partnership and a member of the state of Oregon’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Advisory Committee. For fun, Jeanette enjoys wine and kayaking with her husband and two children.
Emmaline Pohnl, Associate Director
As Associate Director, Emmaline helps execute Drive Oregon’s mission to promote, support, and grow Oregon’s electric vehicle industry. In her role, she oversees the organization’s membership services, monthly event series, and marketing and communications.
Prior to her position at Drive Oregon, Emmaline served as an Americorps member at the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon as their Community Outreach Coordinator on Electric Vehicles, where she developed and launched an outreach campaign to educate and engage the public around the benefits of electric vehicles. Emmaline graduated in 2011 from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois with a degree in Social Policy and Environmental Policy and Culture.
In her role as a Program Manager, Catherine develops, implements, and manages projects and marketing campaigns designed to promote the benefits of electric mobility. Additionally, she will staff a physical showroom in downtown Portland designed to engage and educate consumers about electric vehicle and charging options.
In her role as the Communications Associate, Ashley supports Drive Oregon’s events, communications and growing membership.
Ashley has pursued her commitment to sustainable natural resource management and community engagement through a variety of positions in the nonprofit sector. She worked as an Advocacy Fellow at the North Carolina Coastal Federation, served as a graduate student consultant to The American Chestnut Foundation and Shark Savers, and volunteered as the Events Chair at a local chapter of the Coastal Society.
Ashley earned a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Puget Sound. When she is not promoting the electric vehicle industry, she enjoys traveling, painting and beach cleanups.
As Program Specialist, Alexa assists with coordinating outreach opportunities and spreading awareness about transportation equity. Alexa graduated in 2015 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies. In her spare time Alexa enjoys yoga, hiking, and cooking.
As Special Projects Intern, Sergio’s main priority is to assist with the design, delivery, and evaluation of special pilot projects that further clean, sustainable transportation. Prior to Drive Oregon, Sergio served as a local ambassador for BIKETOWN, production coordinator and volunteer manager at KPSU-Portland’s College Radio, and assistant researcher at Portland State University in developing green spaces. His undergraduate studies at Portland State University have focused on Cultural Anthropology. For leisure, Sergio enjoys biking, backpacking, and collecting records.
As a Program Consultant, Sara assists with pilot projects and outreach efforts to advance clean transportation options in the community. Sara served as Drive Oregon’s first AmeriCorps member. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Auburn University.