Sam Spofforth, Executive Director
Sam Spofforth has served as Executive Director of Columbus-based Clean Fuels Ohio since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Spofforth’s leadership, Clean Fuels Ohio has become Ohio’s go-to resource for cleaner fuels, vehicles, and energy-saving transportation technologies, as well as a national leader and model among the 87 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions based on its capacity, strength and innovative approaches to petroleum reduction and transportation sustainability.
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 was an original inductee to the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Spofforth serves as President of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s non-profit based Clean Cities coalitions and presents the annual Energy Independence Days in Washington, DC. Spofforth earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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.
Jason Phillips, Policy Director
Jason 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.
Brendan Kelley, Drive Electric Ohio Director
Brendan is responsible for developing the DEO program, including supporting and strengthening locally-based electric vehicle (EV) education and advocacy groups throughout Ohio, and leading statewide policy efforts.
Brendan has served as Legislative Advisory to the Columbus City Council, monitoring policy issues and advocating for the Council with legislators and state leaders. He also has served as Data Director for the Ohio Democratic Party, legislative aide for Representative John Patrick Carney and worked on several campaigns where he gained deep experience in developing and working with local leaders.
Megan Stein, Grant Administration Director
Megan directs grant administration for Clean Fuels Ohio, working on state and federal funding projects. Prior to joining the Clean Fuels Ohio team, Megan interned at the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and Friends of the Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) working on state and local grant-funded projects. Megan graduated from Otterbein University in 2009 with a B.A. is Sociology.
Tim Cho, Projects Coordinator
Tim is responsible for supporting different projects within Clean Fuels Ohio. He works to certify and recognize public and private fleets that are taking steps to reduce their petroleum usage and vehicle emissions into the Ohio Green Fleets program, assists with various municipal and private fleet and transportation projects, and contributes to alternative fuels and vehicle efficiency analysis consulting projects. He has been in the role since June 2018.
Tim first joined the Clean Fuels Ohio team as an Electric Vehicle (EV) Student Ambassador during the summer of 2017, assisting with Drive Electric Ohio’s EV ride-and-drive events, owner engagement, and social media efforts. He graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability (EEDS) and a minor in City and Regional Planning.
Will Wright, Drive Electric Ohio Program Assistant
Will Wright assists projects associated with Clean Fuels Ohio' Drive Electric Ohio initiative as well as supporting the Electric Vehicle Student Ambassador program.
Will is currently a sophomore at The Ohio State University where he is working toward a degree in Economics (B.S.) and Political Science (B.A.) as well as a minor in Religious Studies. Will also enjoys serving his campus and community through activities with the service organization, Alpha Phi Omega.
Matt Coman, Marketing & Communications Program Assistant
Matt Coman supports the marketing programs at Clean Fuels Ohio targeted to members, sponsors, event attendees, and the public.
Matt is a junior at The Ohio State University where he is pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in marketing and minor in environmental studies. In the past, Matt has supported various marketing programs for artists and small businesses, helping them enlarge their operations and access new opportunities.