Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI),

Director of Transportation (Transportation Electrification)

6 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships in transportation, energy and sustainable cities) and enhancing communities (through workforce development, pilots and other programs). Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org.

About this job

The Director of Transportation’s responsibility is to build and expand LACI’s zero emission transportation related activities, and advance LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership (TEP).

The Transportation Electrification Partnership is an unprecedented regional public-private collaboration to accelerate deep reductions in climate and air pollution by the time of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games by pursuing bold targets, pilots, initiatives, and policies that are equity-driven, create quality jobs, and grow the economy. The Director of Transportation plays a critical role in managing TEP and ensuring steady progress towards the ambitious goals the partnership established in the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0.

The Director of Transportation also serves as LACI’s internal subject matter expert on the transportation sector and will serve as a conduit to facilitate meaningful pilot and customer engagements between promising startups and TEP partners, as appropriate. The Director of Transportation must stay current on market trends and educate LACI and the broader ecosystem on relevant policy, regulatory, technology, and industry trends via internal briefings, white papers, thought leadership events, etc. This position requires significant relationship development and management as well as familiarity with the zero emission transportation sector and policies.

Roles & responsibilities

  • TEP Management: Working closely with the CEO and SVP of Market Transformation, determine annual goals for TEP, plan the strategies and actions needed to achieve those goals, and oversee day-to-day implementation and evaluation of those actions
  • TEP Program: Develop compelling TEP programming to engage partners and advance progress towards Roadmap goals, including convening annual events (TEP Retreat, TEP Summit), quarterly partnership meetings, monthly working group meetings, and regular Leadership Group meetings. Engage in pilots ideation, development, and execution with the pilots team and others to help accelerate progress toward TEP’s regional targets
  • Develop relationships with all TEP partners: Identifying opportunities to deepen our collaboration with each partner. Help identify additional strategic sectoral leaders needed to achieve our regional targets, and work to engage and recruit these prospects, and then support as partners. Represent LACI and TEP externally, engaging regularly with policymakers, industry leaders, startups, NGO and CBO communities. Oversee the publication of LACI’s monthly zero emission transportation newsletter and provide strategic guidance for the development of TEP related MarCom materials
  • Staff and Consultant Management: Manage the Transportation Team (a subset of Market Transformation) to implement actions to advance TEP goals. Create “Scope of Work” for, hire, and manage consultants, as needed to advance TEP Roadmap.
  • Subject Matter Expertise: Make recommendations on policy positions on transportation related issues. Help source, vet, recruit, select early stage clean transportation company applicants to LACI’s programs. Support LACI startups by facilitating connections to TEP events and partners, where appropriate
  • Budgeting and Grant Writing/Management: Shape the Transportation Team annual budget. Lead relevant grant writing opportunities, coordinating with the Development Team. Oversee the management of grants secured by the Transportation Team


  • 8+ years related work experience
  • BA/BS degree required
  • Command of transportation electrification policy issues at the local, regional and state levels
  • Experience galvanizing support and inspiring action among diverse stakeholders around a common goal; in particular experience building and supporting coalitions that include community based organization (CBOs), environmental justice organizations, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially including ability to coordinate the activities of partners over whom you have influence but not authority
  • Strong organizational skills including ability to assess dependencies, manage details, adhere to deadlines, and follow up on action items
  • Strong staff management skills and readiness to collaborate across teams
  • Network of connections among several of the following groups: OEMs, EVSE companies, public transit agencies, L.A. City and County government, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, California State Legislature, U.S. Department of Transportation, NGOs/CBOs, private foundations, as well as research institutions.

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