Luisa assists clients with regulatory counseling and policy development with a particular focus on public utility and transportation regulation and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Her practice includes advising utilities, lenders, and developers for the development and acquisition of renewable energy projects. She also counsels transportation companies regarding existing and emerging regulations, regulatory filings, and operative permits, including those related to Transportation Network Companies (i.e., on-demand transportation services) and autonomous vehicles. Before commencing her career in private practice, she served as legal counsel for the California Public Utilities Commission. Luisa is licensed to practice in both the US and her native Colombia. She earned a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco Masagung Graduate School of Management, and a law degree and certificates of specialization in Administrative and Environmental Law from the University Externado of Colombia.
Lynn helps to set the group’s mission and policies and oversees the planning of educational, networking, and social events. Lynn’s extensive network of professional contacts in the Silicon Valley tech community and within local and state governments allows her to reach out to people to host events and present at talks. She also connects people to each other in order to collaborate on discussion panels about topics of interest, including the newest technology, public infrastructure, and standards and policy. She has spent many years in the technology field as both a technical project leader and an engineering team manager. She has also run an engineering consulting business with employees, managing the finances of the business as well as the sales and technical activities.
Karolina Chachulska: Head of Membership Growth
Director – Digital Products and Customer Engagement
Karolina has over a decade of experience across various functions, from financial audit and business consulting to tech and mobility. Over the years she has worked with clients from various industries including the automotive industry helping them build consumer-centric organizations and drive business performance through consumer growth and consumer engagement strategies. Karolina was born in Poland, she moved to San Francisco 7 years ago, she lived in Poland, Germany and China prior to that. She holds a MBA and a MS in Finance and is currently pursuing PhD in Sociology focusing on new concepts of transportation and their socio-economic impact on communities.
Lisa Dolan: Head of Sponsorship
Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy
Lisa Dolan serves as Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy. Ms. Dolan is a highly seasoned Supply Chain Executive with experience in Global Supply Chain and Reverse Logistics Management. During her 17 years with ALOM, Ms. Dolan has implemented strategic Supply Chain plans that appreciably reduced costs and improved service and quality levels for some of the world’s most respected Fortune 100 clients in automotive, technology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. She has designed and managed deals and contracts for over 150 million dollars over the last ten years. Her impressive track record has recently earned her the 2016 YWCA Tribute to Women Award, the 2016 Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award, and recognition as a 2016 Supply Chain Pro-to-Know by the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine.
Lissa Franklin has built her broad career in mobility services, autonomous and connected vehicles and SaaS based products and served in various marketing and business development leadership roles. As VP Global Marketing and Business Development at Bestmile, she worked with public transit operators and agencies, private transportation network companies and technology provider markets. Previously she directed AppDirect’s market development strategies while overseeing OEM, partner relationships and business development for Connected Vehicles. She was formerly co-founder and head of marketing at Telespree, a provider of cloud-based wireless data services for mobile carriers. Lissa is a member of the executive team of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.
Head of Autonomous and Urban Mobility
at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution
Michelle Avary is a leader in automotive technologies including autonomous, IoT, and connectivity. Prior to joining the Centre, Michelle was Vice President of Products and Strategy, Global Automotive Io(m)T at Aeris. She held Aeris’ board seat on Future of Automotive Security and Technology Research and was on the LA Auto Show’s advisory board. Michelle has developed and operated embedded and tethered services for Toyota, scouted technologies for Harman, co-founded an automotive data monetization startup, and is the founder and President of Women In Automotive Technology, an advocacy group. Michelle advises two startups, DeepScale and Sfara. She has been called by the FCC and FTC as a subject matter expert on automotive technologies and has lobbied Congress. Mrs. Avary has patents for telematics technologies and several more pending.
A frequent public speaker, Mrs. Avary has appeared at Women In Security And Privacy, Society of Automotive Engineers, Megatrends Connected Car, SXSW, Lesbian Who Tech, gave a keynote at FISTA (global society for executive automotive engineers), Consumer Electronics Show, Telematics Update, LA AutoMobility, and the Future Privacy Forum, just to name a few. She has been interviewed by Reuters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Fortune Magazine.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Art in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and studied international law and economics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She is a certified yoga instructor.
Director, OpenWay Riva Ecosystem
As director of ecosystem development for Itron, Linda’s current role is focused on driving business and has absolutely nothing to do with automotive; hence her desire to be a leader of the Women of Automotive Technology. Prior to relocating to Silicon Valley, Linda was responsible for building and leading the alliance practice at QNX headquarters in Canada where she was an ongoing key contributor to the company’s overall business strategy. QNX is recognized as a leader in the in-vehicle computing space and in her role as Director Strategic Alliances, Linda has been instrumental in their success for well over a decade. She will be the first to confess that she is not that interested in cars other than driving from point A to B, but she is passionate about the experiences that technology should enable for drivers whilst driving from said point A to B.