SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC) announces the appointment of twenty-year policy veteran Nicole Rice as their new President. In this role, Ms. Rice will work with state regulators and legislators to forge a path towards cleaner air and better environmental solutions that can come from a more inclusive adoption of natural gas fuel and vehicles.
The CNGVC is an association of natural gas vehicle fleets, engine manufacturers, utilities, and fuel providers that are united in the belief that wider adoption of clean-running natural gas vehicles (NGV)—a proven technology in use worldwide—is key to helping California reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and climate change.
“I am honored to work with such a dedicated group of leaders to address one of the greatest threats to California’s future, the health of our environment,” said Ms. Rice. “Creating a sustainable solution will require implementing all fuel alternatives. Only then can we achieve near term emission reductions that are readily available as well as realize lasting benefits that will improve the health and economic opportunity for all Californians.”
Before joining the CNGVC, Ms. Rice served as Senior Policy Director of Government Relations for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) – a statewide, non-profit association that works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's over 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. In this role, she worked on a myriad of issues including workforce development, labor and employment, and innovation incentives.
“Over the course of her extraordinary career Nicole has developed and mastered the skills necessary to take a commanding lead of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition,” said CNGVC Chairman of the Board Todd Campbell. “I expect great things to happen with her at the helm. Prepare to be wowed.”
Prior to her nine years at CMTA, Ms. Rice worked as Community Affairs Manager for Nehemiah Corporation of America; Legislative Policy Strategist for Strategic Counsel PLC; Deputy Director for the California Department of Consumer Affairs; Deputy Secretary of Appointments for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Public Affairs Representative for Southern California Edison.
Ms. Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Hayward (now known as CSU East Bay) and was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law. She also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Workforce Development Board.
Ms. Rice started as President of CNGVC on March 18, 2021.