EV Symposium and Ride and Drive Event Organizing Committee

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Marjaneh Issapour

Associate Dean for Innovation and Economic Development in Sustainable Energy - Farmingdale State College.

Marjaneh Issapour is currently the Associate Dean for Innovation and Economic Development in Sustainable Energy at Farmingdale State College.

Her area of research is Renewable and Alternative energy sources. She has expertise in statistical modeling of various energy related quantities and factors. She is also knowledgeable in networking technologies and has devoted most of her research to applications related to alternative energy sources; specifically, she has worked on statistical modeling for energy intensity. She is currently involved with drinking water quality research along with her students.

She is an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Senior member and currently chairs the Educational Activities Committee and Power and Energy Society of the (IEEE)-Long Island Section. She was the chair of IEEE- Long Island Section (2017). She is also a member of the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) Advisory Board, Farmingdale State College's representative for the Engineering Joint Commission of Long Island (EJCLI), was the Chair of the IEEE-Long Island Section (2017), is on the IEEE Region 1 Board of Governors (BoG) with the position of Educational Activities Committee Chair (2018), is Farmingdale State College's representative for Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE), is the chair of the USGBC's "Drive Electric Long Island" steering committee, a member of the workforce development subcommittee of American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a member of the offshore wind wildlife & permitting of AWEA's subcommittee, and a member of PSEG Long Island's Environmental Advisory Committee.

She was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service by the SUNY Chancellor and Board of Trustees in 2007. The Chancellor's Award is a prestigious award within the SUNY system and is awarded only to those candidates who have a record of consistently superior performance and a long commitment to the SUNY system. She was recognized by the New York State Society Of Professional Engineers Suffolk County Chapter for excellence in leadership and performance as a professional engineer in education (2015), is the recipient of IEEE-Long Island’s Athanasius Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award (2017) and the “Excellence for Women in Technology Award”, from the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) (2019).


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Robert S. Martinez

Deputy Commissioner - Support Service Bureau

Robert S. Martinez joined the New York City Police Department in June 1986, through diligence and educational achievement, he rose through the supervisory ranks until being appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Support Services Bureau.   

He currently commands a bureau that provides logistical and technical support to all commands within the New York City Police Department and services the public through the operations of Fleet Services Division, which maintains a fleet of over 10,000 vehicles and also repairs vehicles assigned to client agencies such as, Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection. Property Clerk Division, Central Records Division and Printing Section. He oversees approximately 800 members of the service and over $179 million in combination of safekeeping and annual budget. Robert earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from New York City Technical College, where he majored in Electro-Mechanical Engineering; and earned a Master of Science Degree in Executive Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He also attended the Harvard School of Government in 2011. 


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Joy Gardner

Executive Director - Empire Clean Cities

Joy is the Executive Director of Empire Clean Cities, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator for New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. She holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management from the New School for Public Engagement and has over 10 years experience working for a variety of social impact campaigns and organizations. Joy has worked with public and private stakeholders to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce petroleum consumption, and advance clean transportation in the region. 


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Ronald J. Gulmi, Managing Director

Emerald Alternative Energy Solutions, Inc.

Emerald provides turnkey electric vehicle charging solutions, including complete project development and implementation for transitioning fleets from petroleum to electric.  Mr. Gulmi has worked over 31 years in the energy industry for National Grid holding various positions in fleet management, gas engineering, sales and business development.   As the manager of the Product Management – Transportation group, Mr. Gulmi facilitated the development of new products and services that supported the electric and gas growth strategy and energy efficiency programs at National Grid US with a focus on the transportation sector.  He developed policies, strategies, business plans for alternative fuel vehicle technologies including both electric and natural gas for National Grid’s fleet and customer fleets.  He applies his experience as a fleet manager and over 32 years in the AFV industry to assist customers in development and deployment of electric vehicle solutions.  Mr. Gulmi has served on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the steering committee of the National Plug-In Initiative (NPVI).  From 2006-2010 Mr. Gulmi served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition (GLICCC).  Mr. Gulmi is currently an associate adjunct professor at Farmingdale State College in the Automotive Engineering & Technology department and he integrates his activities with the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at the College.  He is also a founding member and steering committee member of the Drive Electric Long Island Coalition and he is the chairperson of the Coalition’s EV Infrastructure Committee. 


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Rosemary Mascali

Chair - Drive Electric Long Island Education & Outreach Subcommittee

Rosemary Mascali is an advocate for sustainable transportation.   As Co-Chair of the USGBC-LI Sustainable Transportation Committee, she educates USGBC-LI members and the public on the impact of transportation on the environment and best practices for sustainable transportation, in order to improve Long Island’s air quality, reduce greenhouse emissions and increase mobility options.   She also chairs the Education and Outreach Committee of Drive Electric Long Island, whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles on Long Island. 


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Elisabeth (Beth) Fiteni

Managing Director - U.S. Green Building Council

Program Coordinator - Drive Electric Long Island 
Ms. Fiteni is managing director of the U.S. Green Building Council-Long Island Chapter and program coordinator for the Drive Electric Long Island Coalition. She is also founder and director of Green Inside and Out, an organization focusing on non-toxic living, and is author of the book, The Green Wardrobe Guide. Beth has twenty-five years of experience working in the sustainability field and has held positions at the NYS Department of Public Service on clean energy policy, the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Renewable Energy Long Island, Community Development Corporation of LI under a contract with NYSERDA, and Beyond Pesticides.  Among Beth’s honors and awards are the LI Sierra Club Environmentalist of the Year award; Woman of Distinction Award by the Town of Oyster Bay; the EPA’s Environmental Quality award for her work in co-creating educational materials on children’s environmental health; and multiple awards from the Press Club of LI for her former radio show and current podcast. She offered a TEDx Talk at Adelphi University in 2018 called The Toxic Talk- Your Power Over Pollutants. Ms. Fiteni earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School.  She resides in Huntington, New York. 


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