Karen Mann, Senior Vice President

Karen heads GNA’s Programs and Policies department. Her team aggressively pursues incentives that accelerate the market for low-emission technologies. Her work focuses implementing cost-effective and technically viable projects that reduce environmental impacts. Karen’s responsibilities include analyzing feasibility of low-emission technologies based on current operations, tracking regulations and funding opportunities, market studies, developing and disseminating market-tailored messages, leading research for and writing of grant applications, and facilitating successful implementation of low-emission strategies.

Karen has a comprehensive understanding of California’s complex environmental regulations, compliance technologies, and the applicability of grant funding programs. This has resulted in securing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for client projects during her tenure at GNA. She has extensive experience working with public and private fleets on alternative fuel vehicle deployment projects and with fuel providers and manufacturing companies on market development initiatives and programs.

Through the dozens of projects spearheaded by GNA, Karen has had interaction with every marine terminal operator, railroad, and municipality within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and has worked on countless additional projects nationwide. She also offers experience in event production, and has organized gatherings ranging in size from small stakeholder meetings to large nationwide expos in an effort to bring together policy developers, fleet managers, and technology manufacturers for discussions on the adoption and use of alternative fuels.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Quality Improvement
  • Emissions Compliance Strategy
  • Grant Administration
  • Grant Writing & Funding Procurement
  • Market Analysis & Development
  • Market Research/Surveys
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Transportation & Energy Policy

Past Experience

Administrative Supervisor, Investor’s Arbitration Services, Inc.
Karen used Paradox and Timeslips software to monitor and promote the efficiency of workflow. Her work included coordination of physical office space, maintenance of the company’s computer network, and the selection and training of administrative staff. She also supported case managers and production by her review and organization of files, drafting of correspondence, preparation of discovery requests and responses, and contact with clients, regulatory agencies, and opposing counsel.

Land Planning Associate, Hale & Associates, Inc.
Karen coordinated with engineers, county employees, city employees, clients, title companies, and other consultants to get information and documents needed to apply for discretionary action as specified by contract. The Land Planning Department processed Subdivisions, Lot Line Adjustments, Conditional Use Permits, and Certificates of Compliance. The department also ran agency coordination for architectural and civil projects. Karen additionally performed a full range of administrative and bookkeeping duties that included management of the clerical staff.

Education

  • BA in Environmental Studies with Minor in Philosophy from University of California, Los Angeles
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Joe Annotti, Senior Programs Manager

Joe manages GNA’s Funding 360 Program, which offers a comprehensive suite of grant tracking, writing, and management services to our clients. He provides project management, data analysis, and strategy development expertise for GNA’s broad client base. Building on his experience in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, he also provides market analysis and strategic recommendations for the adoption of natural gas fueling technology throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, Joe’s former leadership experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency supports clients seeking public affairs and policy guidance in the environmental arena.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project Management
  • Industrial Safety and Health
  • Grants Administration
  • Market Analysis & Development
  • Public and Government Affairs
  • Air Quality Improvement
  • Grant Writing & Funding Procurement
  • Database Management

Past Experience

Team Leader, Environmental Protection Agency
Joe served as the team leader of the Evaluation and Assessment Team, as part of the Legacy Fleet Incentives and Assessment Center. His team’s mission was to analyze and report information and data related to the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants program and National Clean Diesel campaign. He also designed and managed the DRIVER database, which stores 1,600 individually funded projects accounting for more than $500 million in grant funding. DRIVER is used to track emissions reductions from heavy-duty diesel vehicles such as long-haul tracks, marine equipment, and locomotives.

Loss Prevention Representative, The Gray Insurance Company
Joe earned certifications in multiple OSHA and industry standards and performed detailed safety inspections of insured members’ workplaces, including construction sites, drilling platforms, machine shops, fabrication plants, and manufacturing warehouses. These inspections were used to generate innovative safety plans and effective hazard communication manuals.

Education

  • MBA in Environmental Policy and Management from George Washington University
  • BS in Environmental Geoscience from Tulane University

Professional Designations

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Professional and Non-Profit Affiliations Current

  • Advisory Panel Member, George Washington University Net Impact – Graduate Chapter (2013 – Current)
  • Panel Member, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Project Advisory Group, (2012 – 2013)

Speaking Circuit

  • Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership Forum hosted by Virginia Clean Cities; Keynote Speaker. September 2011; Norfolk, VA
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Mark Conolly, Program Manager

Mark combines a background in economics and environmental sciences with expertise in public policy as a member of GNA’s grants and programs department. He creates strategies designed to facilitate the advancement of the alternative fuels industry and provides solutions to agencies seeking to deploy effective policies. Mark also performs market analysis activities to identify trends and important regional developments to assist companies with navigating the best pathway toward sustainability.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community and Stakeholder Outreach
  • Economic Analysis • Grant Writing & Funding Procurement
  • Market Research/Surveys
  • Policy and Regulatory Analysis
  • Public and Government Affairs
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transportation & Energy Policy

Past Experience

Senior Research Analyst, Milken Institute
Mark provided economic research and was the sole research resource for energy policy and environmental finance at the Institute. He developed the research program dedicated to energy security that prioritized bi-partisan support with a target for creating an official energy policy. As a part of his program development, he created the curriculum and established relationships with academic leaders and stakeholders in the energy, technology, finance, and policy community to inform the agenda and participate in program events.

Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission, Division of Ratepayer Advocates Mark provided economic and accounting analysis to determine the prudence of water projects on behalf of ratepayers. He provided economic modeling and technology expertise in desalination and related energy expense and carbon emission, and remodeled regional rate design structure for water service. His testimony submitted to the commission was used to effectively design the rate case for efficiency and equitable service.

Risk Specialist, American International Group, AIG Environmental Mark was an underwriter of environmental insurance for contractors and institutions with interest in fixed property pollution liabilities, as well as remediation project cost over-runs. He wrote and negotiated terms of insurance contracts in property transactions, and managed relationships with a client base of brokers across the southwestern US.

Education

  • Masters in Public Policy from University of California Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • University of California Los Angeles Leaders in Sustainability–Graduate academic certificate program, spearheaded by University of California Los Angeles Institute of the Environment and Anderson School of Management to integrate economic, environmental, and social problem-solving
  • BS in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Economics and Policy from University of California Berkeley

Professional and Non-Profit Affiliations Current

  • Fundraiser, Chrysalis Organization (2007-2009)

Professional Awards and Recognition

  • Certificate of Mediation—Center for Dispute Resolution, Santa Monica, CA. April 2009
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JoAnne Golden-Stewart, Vice President, Programs

JoAnne came to GNA in 2015 and brings 10 years of experience in a broad cross section of advanced transportation-related economic development, public policy, policy analysis, and project development and management. She has served a wide spectrum of industries and audiences from both established as well as emerging technologies within advanced transportation, including battery electric vehicles, automated vehicles, and renewable fuels—working with an array of nonprofit, business, and government organizations. JoAnne leads the agenda management for ACT Expo and serves as a member of GNA’s Funding 360 program.

JoAnne has a comprehensive understanding and working experience in the conception, management, communication, and evaluation of complex programs and policies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Public and Government Affairs
  • Community and Stakeholder Outreach
  • Grant Administration
  • Grant Research and Tracking
  • Grant Writing and Funding Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Economic and Industry Cluster Development

Past Experience

Senior Director, Industry Cluster Development & Strategic Initiatives, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
JoAnne led the LAEDC’s industry cluster development activities with a focus on aerospace and defense, advanced transportation technologies, entertainment and digital media, biosciences, and fashion and lifestyle. For each of these initiatives, JoAnne managed industry councils of key stakeholders, including over 900 industry and public leaders in its e4Mobility Alliance which was dedicated to building an industry cluster in various facets of the advanced transportation industry. She directed the development of all communication, reporting, planning, collateral material creation, and overall business assistance efforts in these targeted industry clusters, leading to the attraction and growth of key companies in the Los Angeles County region. JoAnne sat on a number of boards and commissions on behalf of the organization in areas such as workforce development, technology commercialization, stakeholder outreach, public policy, and regional economic development activities. She led the effort for the e4 | Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California—designated by the California Energy Commission—on behalf of LAEDC, including grant writing, grant reporting, marketing/branding, and partner coordination. In addition, she managed four rounds of funding from the Regional Innovation Clusters of Opportunity program, which is a joint partnership of the California Energy Commission and California Workforce Investment Board, with a focus on growing industries around electric vehicles, waste-to-energy, and energy storage. She also served as the LAEDC’s director and manager of public policy where she led the policy activities for the organization at a local, state, and national level. She organized and led multiple stakeholder-driven and industry-focused coalitions and efforts throughout the State of California on Enterprise Zones, public-private partnerships, sequestration, regulatory reform, tax credit development, and other economic development-driven policies, including successful efforts to attract the $400 million+ incentive package for the next generation bomber project to California.

Policy Manager, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
As policy manager for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association—a nonprofit association founded in 1945, which is dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective, and efficient government—JoAnne led the policy efforts for the Association, including creating its policy priorities and conducting research and analysis. JoAnne drafted several reports for the Association, including the region’s first-ever comprehensive pension report which provided a detailed look at pension benefits offered in the 17 CalPERS-contracted cities in San Diego County. She also worked closely with local and state governments to provide good government recommendations throughout San Diego County. JoAnne’s research and advocacy at the Association not only helped save San Diego taxpayers millions of dollars through pension reform, but it also provided for more transparency in and accountability of government throughout the San Diego region.

Education

  • MPP with a dual emphasis in Economics and State and Local Policy, Pepperdine University – Theodore Forstmann Scholar
  • BA in History, minor in Political Science, Pre-Law Certificate of Completion, Siena Heights University – Summa Cum Laude
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Brianna Lawrence, Associate

Brianna’s role at GNA combines her background in philanthropy and nonprofit management with her degree in environmental science. She is involved in several facets of the Programs Department at GNA; her responsibilities include completing compliance reporting for fleet operators, researching and preparing grant applications for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and assisting the marketing and events team with content development and outreach.

Areas of Expertise

  • Grant Research & Tracking
  • Grant Administration
  • Grant Compliance Reporting
  • Grant Writing & Funding Procurement
  • Outreach and Organization
  • Market Research/Surveys
  • Project management
  • Strategic Planning

Past Experience

Project Director, Moonridge Group Philanthropy Catalysts

  • Researched and assisted in the preparation of grants for a variety of Southern Nevada nonprofit organizations
  • Developed unique CSR plans for gaming properties and commenced implementation of community investment strategies
  • Organized and executed small to large fundraising events
  • Recruited community leaders for board of director positions; trained board members and assisted with board administration and governance
  • Facilitated the Nevada Corporate Giving Council; organized the compilation and release of the annual Nevada Corporate Giving Report

Education

  • MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BS in Environmental Science with a minor in Conservation Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles

Professional and Non-Profit Affiliations Past

  • Education & Outreach Volunteer, National Park Service (2013-2016)
  • Member, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (2014-2015)
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