Sam Spofforth, Executive Director
Sam Spofforth has served as Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Spofforth’s leadership, Clean Fuels Ohio has become the “go to” resource in Ohio for cleaner fuels, vehicles and energy-saving transportation technologies that reduce pollution, increase American energy security and strengthen Ohio’s economy. Spofforth was named the U.S. Department of Energy’s national Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2007 and Midwest Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2004. He is President of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s 80+ Clean Cities coalitions and educates policy makers and others on transportation energy issues. He serves on the Ohio Environmental Education Fund Advisory Council and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman “Green Team,” among other groups. Spofforth holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Conley, Program Director
Andrew Conley oversees the day to day management of the Ohio Green Fleets program for Clean Fuels Ohio, working to help fleets reduce harmful vehicle emissions and petroleum dependence, helping fleets secure project funding, and designating fleets who are leaders in deploying green technologies and practices. Since he joined the Clean Fuels Ohio staff in November 2008, he has worked to develop both the public policy and Ohio Green Fleets programs for Clean Fuels Ohio. Conley previously coordinated Corps Development for City Year Columbus, where he was charged with administering programs for 38 diverse AmeriCorps members. Conley holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in History and Comparative Religious Studies from Wright State University.
Cynthia Maves, Director of Grant Administration
Cynthia Maves oversees grant administration of more than $14 million in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. EPA and Ohio Dept. of Transportation. Maves leads project development for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Maves also leads the marketing campaigns for CFO’s Recovery Act projects and Ohio’s electric vehicle readiness initiative. Prior to joining Clean Fuels Ohio, Maves worked as a consultant for a solar energy firm and as an attorney with the State Medical Board of Ohio. While serving as a director of a community bank in Indiana, Maves led the effort to build the first LEED-certified bank branch in Indiana. Maves serves on the board of the Friends of COSI. She graduated with a B.A. from DePauw University and a J.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Jason Phillips, Policy Director
Jason Phillips joined Clean Fuels Ohio in July, 2012 as Policy Director. He is responsible for working with officials at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as with stakeholders to create sound policy regarding alternative transportation fuels. Prior to joining Clean Fuels Ohio, he worked on Capitol Square for over 14 years. Phillips graduated from Ohio State University in 1997 with a B.A. in Political Science.
Pete Johnsen, Administration and Finance Associate
Pete Johnsen is responsible for coordinating accounting, IT, and other administrative needs for CFO. Johnsen has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, including 12 years as a staff member with the Ohio Environmental Council and service as past Vice President for Forty Plus of Central Ohio. Johnsen currently serves on the board for EarthShare Ohio. Johnsen holds a B.A. in Geography from Miami University and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Ohio University.
Megan Stein, Grants Manager
Megan Stein joined the Clean Fuels Ohio team in January 2010 as a Program Coordinator for the Department of Energy Clean Cities project—the Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership. Stein’s previous experience includes work with two non-profit environmental advocacy organizations. With the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), she worked on education, outreach and the development of volunteer activities aimed at keeping the Olentangy River and tributaries clean and safe. At The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC), she participated in the Diesel Emission Reduction grant project. A 2009 graduate of Otterbein College, Stein holds a BA degree in Sociology, with a focus on environment and sustainability issues.
Charlene Brenner, Grants Coordinator
Charlene Brenner joined the Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) team in 2011 as a Grants Coordinator providing grant administration support and assisting CFO’s many grant funders and partners. She is instrumental in organizational grants development and has worked extensively with Maves on CFO’s Drive Electric Ohio electric vehicle readiness and planning initiative. Brenner’s previous experience includes work with the Supreme Court of Ohio where her research focused on a variety of legal issues pending before the Court. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College and also earned a J.D. from The Ohio State University.
Nolan Rutschilling, Development Coordinator
Nolan joined the Clean Fuels Ohio staff in the winter of 2014 as a Development Coordinator. He is responsible for implementing the overall development strategy for CFO which includes overseeing membership, outreach and fundraising efforts. His previous experience includes carbon footprint analysis, materials management, and general sustainability work for nonprofit and government organizations in Ohio. Nolan holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy & Decision Making from The Ohio State University.