Fifth Sustainable Transportation Summit

Thank You for Attending the 5th Sustainable Transportation Summit!

Join Commuting Solutions for the 5th Sustainable Transportation Summit on Oct. 28! This year’s theme, “Driving Innovation for the Future” will look at how electrification of transportation can make a great impact on sustainable transportation and ways it will affect Colorado.

Topics will include electrification, trends in our state and nation, and what’s currently happening as well as what lies ahead in Colorado. Speakers will include local and state officials, as well as industry leaders from outside Colorado.

Join Commuting Solutions to learn, network and inspire others in your community about being more sustainable!

Keynote Speaker

Patty Monahan

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Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Patty was appointed to the commission in April 2019 by Gov. Gavin Newsom and she currently serves as the Energy Commission’s Science/Engineering position as well as the lead commissioner on transportation. She has dedicated her career toward advancing clean technologies and cutting harmful pollution while having a focus on equity.

Before joining the Energy Commission, Patty served as the Transportation Program Director for the Energy Foundation where she guided campaigns across the United States that advanced electric transportation and more efficient vehicles.

Patty has worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists in several roles, including Director of the California office and Deputy Director of Clean Vehicles.

Patty received a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkley and holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

U.S. Department of Energy

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Mark Smith

Technology Integration Program Manager within the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office

Mark oversees a broad technology portfolio, which is focused on accelerating the deployment and widespread use of advanced vehicle technologies to help decarbonize the transportation sector and to provide reliable, and affordable, transportation choices.

The Technology Integration Program portfolio includes, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Economy, Electrification, Energy Efficient Mobility Systems, EcoCar Student Competitions, and the Alternative Fuels Regulatory Program.


Elise Jones HeadshotElise Jones

Executive Director, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)

Elise joined SWEEP in January 2021, and was previously served as a Boulder County Commissioner for eight years where she focused on climate action, sustainability, equity and multimodal transportation issues.

While serving as commissioner, Elise represented Boulder on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), served as the DRCOG representative to the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2020, and served on the Regional Air Quality Council from 2009 to 2019.

Elise holds a Bachelor’s Degree in natural Resources from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan.


Nadia El Mallakh

Nadia El MallakhArea Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Ventures, Excel Energy

Nadia designs and leads the company’s efforts to identify and create partnerships focused on innovative solutions for customers and achieving other Xcel Energy strategic priorities. She also oversees the electric vehicle team at Xcel Energy.

Prior to working with Xcel, Nadia led the development and implementation of Energy Future Collaborations at Xcel Energy. She has been with Xcel since 2007.

Nadia holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning, a Law Degree and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkley.

Kay Kelly HeadshotKay Kelly

Chief of Innovative Mobility, Colorado Department of Transportation

Kay is the Chief of the Office of Innovative Mobility for CDOT. The office’s goal is to reduce pollution in the air and congestion on the roads by expanding multimodal transportation options using traditional and emerging technology.

She previously served as the Transportation Climate Change Specialist at the Colorado Energy Office and worked extensively on the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Roadmap.

She also has experience serving as a senior project leader for the Center for Integrated Mobility Services at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Tyler Svitak HeadshotTyler Svitak

Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

Tyler became Executive Director in 2019 and leads the membership-based organization as it develops a new model for building smarter communities and regions.

Tyler previously started and led the connected and automated technology program at the Colorado Department of Transportation, where he managed a portfolio of more than $100 million in connected and autonomous technology projects.

Tyler also led the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Coalitions while at the American Lung Association where he worked to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector through fleet auditing, educational events and test drives, research and programming.

Will Toor HeadshotWill Toor

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

Will joined the Colorado Energy Office in 2019 and was appointed Executive Director by Gov. Jared Polis. Will’s background spans transportation electrification, sustainable transportation, smart growth, electric vehicle policy, clean energy finance, green building policy, local government policy and regional planning.

Prior to joining the state, Will was the Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, served as a Boulder County Commissioner for eight years where he led the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart Green Building Code, the EnergySmart program and the ClimateSmart Loan Program.

Will received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Welcome & Introductions

Rob Zuccaro HeadshotRob Zuccaro

Planning and Building Safety Director, City of Louisville
Board Chairperson, Commuting Solutions

Rob has been the Planning and Building Safety Director for the City since 2016 where he oversees all aspects of long-range and current planning for the City of Louisville.

He has worked as both a private sector planning consultant in New Mexico and public sector City Planner in several communities around the Denver Metro region.

Rob is currently the Chairperson of Commuting Solutions Board of Director.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Master of Science in Community Planning from the University of Arizona.

Thank You to Our 2021 Signature Event Sponsors

2021 Presenting Supporter

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 Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Arista Association
Boulder-Longmont Realtor Association
Denver Regional Council of Governments/Way to Go
Felsburg Holt & Ullevig
Interlocken Owners Association
University of Colorado Boulder
Xcel Energy

Nonprofit Sponsors

CDR Associates
Regional Air Quality Council
Via Mobility Services