AltWheels Fleet Day Planning Committee - Emeritus

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Ben Mandel

Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART

Ben works with private and public fleets to integrate cleaner, more efficient vehicle technologies. Ben leads CALSTART’s work on market acceleration and policy development in the Northeast, including administration of workplace electric vehicle charging and truck voucher incentive programs. Ben also works with regional partners on multi-state, market-driven policy solutions to reduce transportation emissions and elevate advanced technologies.

Prior to joining CALSTART, Ben worked under Mayor Bill de Blasio at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where he led policy development and implementation activities with City agencies on transportation and energy supply initiatives in pursuit of New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. He also previously worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was a fellow at NYU School of Law. Ben holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy & Resources from UC-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Mathematical Economics and Hispanic Literature & Culture.


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Michael Scarpino

Transportation Project Engineer, US DOT

Mike Scarpino is a Transportation Project Engineer at the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA.  Mike leads inter-agency initiatives supporting fleets and end-users transition to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, as well as the development of the supporting fueling infrastructure. His current responsibilities involve providing technical and programmatic support for the Federal Highway Administration and the US Department of Energy for various alternative fuel initiatives and activities, such as FHWA’s Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation Initiative and DOE’s Clean Cities Program.  Mike has provided support for the alternative fuels industry through the development of public-private partnerships and projects for 20+ years, while working for DOE and DOT.


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James Sproul

Founder and Managing Director, The Sproul Company

James Sproul is Founder and Managing Director of The Sproul Company (TSC) headquartered in Boston’s North End. James has over 25 years of experience working in business development for technology-driven companies in fast-changing, dynamic markets.


To address the challenges of climate change and improve urban mobility, TSC spearheads events, initiatives, and innovation in the urban mobility and connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) markets.  Inspired by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s call for technology innovation, forward-looking policy, and pilot programs, TSC launched the Autonomous Vehicle Summit 2017 sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) New England, the first autonomous vehicle summit in the Boston area. Mr. Sproul also served as the session and speaker chair of AUVSI New England’s Robotica 2016 event. He is also an enthusiastic volunteer and board member of AUVSI New England.


TSC leads the Rapid Autonomous Mobility Pilot Project (RAMPP), which seeks to address the challenges of urban mobility by sponsoring pilot projects in the field of connected, autonomous vehicles.  Working with the city of Boston, TSC is currently organizing a project to establish a teaching curriculum related to autonomous vehicles at the Madison Park Technical High School, providing Boston students with training that could lead them to careers in automation and other exciting technology-driven industries.


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Cornelius Willingham

Nissan North America (retired)

During his career, Cornelius helped facilitate adoption of electric vehicles, by the general public, businesses and municipal agencies.  His role also supported EV Infrastructure development, making charging simple and convenient.  He works directly with utilities, large employers and municipalities on Nissan’s Workplace Charging Initiative, to incorporate zero emission EV’s and Charging into their daily operation. 

He joined Nissan in 2012, and within a year his largest market, Atlanta, became #1 in America for Nissan LEAF sales.  Over that same period, LEAF became the “Best Selling Electric Vehicle” in Automotive History.  For more than a decade, Black Enterprise Magazine recognized him among “Americas’ 100 Largest African-American Auto Dealers”.