- Extensive knowledge of legislative and regulatory activities
- Conducting research and writing analytical reports
- Experience tracking clean fuels and clean transportation technologies
- Communications, policy and project coordination for diverse stakeholders
- Programs/events management
Sam EmmersenVice President, Programs
As Vice President, Programs, Sam Emmersen brings 20+ years of research, writing, communications and administrative experience to BWG, utilizing those skills in managing key client relationships. She tracks legislation and key regulatory activities affecting air quality, climate change, transportation, and alternative fuels in California. In addition, she develops, administers, and analyzes surveys and other research.
Sam researches and writes the monthly Clean Transportation Policy Update, tracking legislation and key administrative activities affecting air quality, climate change, transportation, and alternative fuels in California, as well as a quarterly newsletter exploring similar issues. Other research projects have included summarizing the U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion and dissenting opinions on the EPA's authority to regulate global warming pollution, memoranda on the benefits and drawbacks of using biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur diesel in fleet vehicles and an overview of current emissions control technology with the use of these fuels.
She worked with the Innovative Mobility Research Group to revitalize its website content, including researching, editing and writing content to ensure that the information was consistent and could be easily understood by the general public. Sam managed a before- and after-survey project to evaluate the success of a regional media and outreach campaign for the 511 commuter information service in Southern California, including developing survey questions and analyzing the survey results. Sam also helped develop the outreach materials for the Bay Area 511 program, ensuring that the materials had a consistent look-and-feel and were user-friendly.
In 2013, Sam was the project manager and writer for the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative’s (PEVC) project to survey California workplaces on their efforts to install electric vehicle charging stations for their employees and highlight 20 case studies in the report Amping Up California’s Workplaces: 20 Case Studies on Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging at Work. In 2012, Sam served as a technical writer for the PEVC’s “Charging Ahead” Deliverables Project. Sam managed the project for BWG, ensuring that all deadlines were met, and that all deliverables met the client’s expectations. She also served as project manager for BWG’s role in the PEVC’s California PEV Readiness Project, where BWG assisted in the development of A Community Toolkit for Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness - A Resource for Local Officials, as well as helped plan and implement six regional PEV readiness workshops throughout the state.Sam handled all of the day-to-day management for the company’s multi-year Playgrounds for Preschoolers and Hollywood Recycles projects, working with clients, conducting outreach, directing media, coordinating events and materials development. She provides the primary interface with the client and project partners/grant recipients for the firm’s work with the Clean Transportation Funding program of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee. She created and maintains environmental media databases including a database of more than 5,000 names of Southern California policy makers, including all elected officials and the heads of city and county departments.
Sam holds a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School and a LL.M. in Law and Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.