Dr. Mark Rosekind, an internationally renowned transportation and safety expert, will lead the California Mobility Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Mobility Center (CMC) today publicly announced that Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., has assumed the role of first CEO of the Mobility Innovation and Commercialization Center 18 months effective October 3, 2022. The announcement has was made at the ITS World Congress in Los Angeles, California, an event that brings together various stakeholders from the intelligent transportation systems industry.

CMC Chairman of the Board, Arlen Orchard, made the announcement, saying, “Mark’s career includes decades of diverse experience in complex, high-performance environments that required innovation, data and strong leadership. It is this combination that has led to an impressive set of achievements. His skills, experiences and expertise developed in academia, NASA, NTSB, NHTSA and autonomous vehicles bring to CMC an unparalleled set of tools and knowledge at a time when we are poised to expand the impact , scale and scope of CMC. .”

Dr. Rosekind joins the public benefit nonprofit that launched commercial operations in the first quarter of 2021 with the goal of pursuing innovation and ways to leverage and integrate efforts in the areas of security , sustainability and equity. “The accomplishments that the CMC has made in a very short time are remarkable,” said Rosekind. “In just a year and a half and during a pandemic, CMC has created a portfolio of people, projects and networks that position it for tremendous future success. We will build on this momentum, while evolving and expanding CMC’s enormous potential to affect change in the complex and demanding areas of transportation safety, sustainability, and equity.

Dr. Rosekind is an internationally recognized transportation safety professional with over 30 years of experience. He comes to CMC from Zoox, an autonomous mobility company where he served as director of safety innovation since 2017. He was the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014 and the 15th National Highway Traffic Administrator. Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2014 to 2017, appointed to both positions by President Obama. He was also a policy scholar emeritus in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for 2020-2022.

“The CMC represents a tremendous opportunity to improve societal safety, sustainability and equity through new mobility innovations,” Rosekind said. “These are big and bold opportunities that can leverage California’s innovation, technology, expertise and resources for meaningful national and global impact.”

Dr. Rosekind led a significant transformation at NHTSA, instilling a proactive safety culture while inspiring the Agency and the auto industry to look to the future. His initiatives included developing and releasing the first-ever federal policy on automated vehicles, founding the Road to Zero Coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate road deaths, and aggressive safety oversight. in the automotive industry, including leading the Agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in US history. His leadership earned him the distinction of being named the 2015 Industry Leader of the Year by Automotive News. As a member of the NTSB, he served as an on-site board member for seven major investigations and advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety and transportation. by common rail.

CMC also announced that Neal Best has been named Chief Operating Officer. From the initial conception of the CMC, Best has provided leadership in establishing founding partnerships, securing funding, developing strategies and onboarding new customers. He has over 20 years of global experience in international business advisory and economic development. Best replaces Mark Rawson who served as CMC’s chief operating officer since 2018. Rawson will join GridCure, an electric vehicle charging optimization platform, as senior vice president of strategy and partnerships in October. . He will continue to support the CMC as a senior advisor for the remainder of the year.

Rawson and Best are credited with leading CMC through its formative phase, which included expanding strategic business relationships, CMC members and partners, overseeing the Ramp- Up from CMC at Depot Park in Sacramento, California, and the spearhead of CMC. official marketing launch in March 2021.

“CMC’s full potential is limitless,” Rosekind said. “The needs of society are great and the opportunities for CMC to deliver meaningful results are enormous.”

About the California Mobility Center (CMC): CMC is a public-private, not-for-profit entity providing future mobility innovators and industry incumbents access to programs and resources that accelerate the pace of commercialization worldwide and aspires to be the leading innovation hub for global mobility success. CMC was founded by thought leaders in the cleantech industry, including California State University, Sacramento, EnerTech Capital, PEM Motion, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC). CMC is strategically located in Sacramento, California. Its location puts CMC close to the California government, which leads the United States and the world in developing green mobility and technology policies. For more information, visit californiamobilitycenter.org.

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