Alison Sander serves as head for The Boston Consulting Group's Center for Sensing and Mining the Future which tracks more than 100 Megatrends that are reshaping the global strategic map. Alison has worked with a diverse set of clients, including CEOs, prime ministers, Board of Directors, top global foundations,and organizations seeking to manage global complexity.
Alison works with large multi-party stakeholder groups and completed a study looking at best practices in public-private partnerships. Alison serves on the Board of the World Resources Institute (www.wri.org) and was an Overseer at the Museum of Science for twelve years. Her work in sustainability includes founding AltWheels which has won both an EPA New England and a WTS national award.
She has also served on the secretariat team for the Sustainable Food Lab. Ms. Sander is a member of the Asia Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to Megatrends and the future. Alison has been to more than 90 countries working with clients on complex strategic challenges and developing their foresight capacity.
AltWheels Organizing Committee
Alison Sander -- Co-Founder, AltWheels
Stephen R. Connors -- Co-Founder, AltWheels
Director, AGREA MIT Energy Initiative
Stephen Connors directed the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives (AGREA) at the MIT Energy Initiative. Since the late 1980s, AGREA has conducted research that identifies cost-effective and
environmentally-responsible local and regional energy solutions. Projects in the USA, Europe, Mexico,
China and elsewhere have focused on the cost and emissions benefits of transformative energy portfolios
including high penetration renewable energy, smart grids including energy storage, smart demands, and
sustainable mobility. Steve was involved in AltWheels since its inception.
After a four year battle with esophageal and then brain cancer, Steve unfortunately passed away November 2016. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible deduction to AltWheels in memory of Steve, please click here. To read more about what an amazing man Steve was and for information about the celebration of Steve's life, please visit Steve's website at StephenRConnors.com.
Mike Manning -- Event Co-Chair
Director of Marketing and Business Development AVSG LP
Since the mid-1990s, Mike Manning has worked in the alternative fuels industry. Mike began working at the Boston Gas Company - heading up their compressed natural gas vehicle (CNG) program beginning in 1994. Since that time, he continued his work at Boston Gas' successor companies - KeySpan Energy Delivery and National Grid. During that time, Massport, the MBTA, the Lowell Regional Transit Authority, MassHighway,and the Steamship Authority deployed hundreds of CNG buses and light-duty vehicles.
In the fall of 2008, he left National Grid to join Boston-based AVSG. At AVSG, he has responsibility for all marketing and sales activities at New England's most experienced designer, installer, and operator of CNG stations. AVSG's primary goal is to expand the use of CNG in both "on-road" and "off-road" vehicle markets throughout New England and more recently into the mid-Atlantic states.
In addition to his work at AVSG, Mike is also co-coordinator at the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition. Clean Cities is a US DOE program founded to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation field.
He has been involved with AltWheels since its inception in 2003.
Mike holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
He is a frequent speaker at alternative fuel conferences and trade shows.
Stephen B. Russell -- Event Co-Chair
Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator/ Clean Cities Director for the Commonweath of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources
In his role at the Department of Energy Resources, Stephen Russell is responsible for coordinating and promoting the use of alternative fuels and vehicles throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The nationally-recognized list of alternative fuels include bio-diesel, electricity, ethanol (E-85), hydrogen, natural gas (compressed and liquefied), and liquefied petroleum gas (propane).
In addition, he is responsible for the US Department of Energy (US DOE) Clean Cities Coalition program within the Commonwealth. Clean Cities is a US DOE-sponsored organization which advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local programs designed to reduce petroleum use in the transportation sector.
Recently, Boston was the site of the regional preview of the Nissan Leaf - an all electric vehicle that has been on a national tour. Also, the Commonwealth signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nissan and BMW that commits Massachusetts to development of a state-wide implementation plan for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
Steve has been managing corporate and municipal fleets for over 20 years. Prior to managing the City of Keene, NH's fleet, he managed a nation-wide corporate fleet with over 2,000 motor vehicles.
Steve is on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) and is the past chair of the Fuel and Technology Committee for the national organization.
He is a graduate of Springfield College (MA) with a degree in Community Leadership and Development.
Marty Bauman -- Event Director
President and Owner, Classic Communications
Marty Bauman founded Classic Communications in 1979 and quickly built the company into a well respected public relations, marketing and event management firm. While representing a variety of interests, including serving as Press Secretary for the 1983 Boston mayoral campaign of Lawrence S. DiCara, Marty made equestrian sports Classic's initial focus. After building a reputation for developing and implementing creative and successful programs, Marty was hired in 1990 as Director of Public Relations for the United States Equestrian Team (USET), a position he held until 2004 when the USET became the USET Foundation.
In the 1990s, Marty established the environment as a second area of focus for Classic. In 1994, he helped the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy with the announcement of its largest land purchase ever, at Beane Point on Block Island, an event featuring Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Rhode Island Senator John Chafee. Three years later, he assumed management and marketing responsibility for the Charles River Watershed Association's Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak race.
Marty helped plan, develop and market AltWheels from its start as a public festival on alternative transportation and energy to today's focused seminar for fleet managers. Marty helped coordinate the event's move to Boston City Hall Plaza where it attracted more than 50,000 visitors during each of its
three years there.
Meg Rivett -- Event Director
Director of Operations, Classic Communications
Meg Rivett has been with Classic Communications since 1996. Meg serves as assistant to
Classic President Marty Bauman and she manages Classic's office and staff, prioritizing assignments
to meet schedules and deadlines. She maintains Classic's many databases of media contacts,
sponsorship prospects and many other groups and organizations.
Meg is the liaison for AltWheels Fleet Day. She manages the sponsorship, attendance,
and all event details.
In addition to her organizational skills, she designs newsletters and advertisements, writes press
releases, and serves as Race Director of the Charles River Watershed Association's Run of the Charles
Canoe & Kayak Race, with an emphasis on race management. In addition to AltWheels Fleet Day, Meg provides on-site coordination at a number of Classic's other events.
Meg earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bridgewater State College.