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Women in Charge: Accelerating Electric Vehicles

November 18, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Please join us for an interactive panel discussion with leading experts from the automotive industry to illustrate the story of the growth of EV industry through the lens of their careers working for a variety of automakers. We will discuss the growth of the EV industry, challenges in adoption, advice for women working in our space, and how they’ve managed through COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will speak to a spectrum of use cases and the high level technologies impacting the industry.



Jess Nigro, General Manager and Head of Technology and Innovation Policy, Daimler N.A. Corp










Jessica F. Nigro is General Manager and head of Technology and Innovation Policy in Daimler’s Washington, DC office. In this capacity she drives the company’s policy and political efforts on innovation and future technology, as well as developing strategic partnerships with NGOs and business partners throughout the US. Current hot topics she spends her time on include data and privacy, climate and electric vehicles, automated vehicle policy and future mobility strategy. She is a frequent public speaker on the policy implications on these technologies and business models. Prior to her current role, Nigro spent three years at Daimler’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany working with sales colleagues on projects in politically-risky markets. While there, she also created a company-wide human rights program currently implemented in all countries in which Daimler has production. Nigro served as both the Director of Programs and the Director of Travel and Tourism at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She began her career in the Strategic Communications and Public Affairs office at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and served as Field Manager of that office, directing the nationwide strategic and crisis communications efforts as the Department stood up after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Nigro received a BA in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has studied at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Originally from New York, Nigro moved to the DC area in 2000.


Amandine Muskus, Senior Manager Government Affairs and Branding, Kia Motors Corp

Amandine Muskus is a French and American senior advocacy, public affairs and strategy professional with over 12 years of expertise in US/EU policy in the transportation, environment, energy, technology spaces. Amandine works to bridge the gap between highly technical concepts and corporate bottom lines to engage stakeholders at all levels of business and government. Currently, she is a senior regulatory and policy leader and lobbyist at Kia Motors Corporation in Washington, DC who is focused on advancing the agenda of smart and green mobility and innovation in transportation. Amandine has influenced policy and legislation related to Land Use, Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas (GHG), CAFE, European biofuels, EU Horizon 2020 investment and UNECE regulatory policy. She is French-English bilingual and has professional Italian and Hebrew proficiency.


Samantha Hoyt, EV Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company

Samantha Hoyt is Ford’s EV Marketing Launch Manager who is responsible for the Mustang Mach-E and Transit BEV launches working cross-functionally with a team of passionate employees.  She has been with Ford for 29 years and launched Ford’s first NA plug-in hybrids, the Ford Fusion and C-Max.  With over 10 years of EV vehicle experience, she combines her love of performance vehicles with a passion for technology to bring all-electric vehicles to the forefront.  In her 29 years at Ford, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales and is now part of Team Edison working solely on all-electric vehicles. Samantha is passionate about horses and horsepower.  She participates in equestrian sports with her horse and in performance vehicle drives around Michigan with her cars.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University.



Ashley HorvatVP Auto OEMs, Greenlots, a Shell Company

Ashley Horvat, an energy and e-mobility industry executive, formerly Oregon’s “Electric-Car Czar,” has been leading the expansion of the electric vehicle market for over a decade in the public and private sectors. Horvat joined Greenlots in early 2017, and currently leads as Vice President, Auto OEMs, where she oversees automotive partner sales and business development efforts, including light, medium and heavy-duty electrification, while helping with energy transition efforts and cross business collaboration across Shell groups. Since joining Greenlots as employee # 17, in the role of VP of Public & Private Partnerships, she has helped lead as the organization scaled through multiple rounds of venture fundraising and eventual acquisition by Shell New Energies.  Prior to Greenlots, Horvat led PlugShare’s strategic initiatives ahead of its eventual acquisition by Innogy, as Vice President, where she led the company’s corporate growth, including consulting and infrastructure divisions. She pioneered much of the industry’s leading EV infrastructure’s early infrastructure innovations, including the nation’s first multi-state, long-distance fast charging corridor, the West Coast Electric Highway. She served as Chief EV Officer for the State of Oregon, created and developed the West Coast Electric Highway, co-founded the Oregon Electric Byways, led ZEV regulatory affairs for the State of Oregon, and led the formation of the multi-state ZEV action plan for Oregon. In 2013, Horvat co-founded the “Women of Electric Vehicles” organization, dedicated to “elEVating women” to leadership roles in the EV industry, which now includes 700+ women from around the world. Ashley graduated Summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in American public policy and environmental studies from Western Michigan University. She’s been driving EVs since 2011, including a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Kia Soul EV, and a Tesla Model S.


We hope you will join us for this exciting ZOOM panel followed by questions and conversations from participants. This event is being presented by Women in Automotive Technology (WAT) and Women of Electric Vehicles (WEV).

November 18, 2020

10:30-12 pm PST / 1:30-3:00 pm EST


November 18, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Online – link will be emailed upon registration


Lissa Franklin, WAT
Ashley Horvat, WEV