Tonia is the project development manager for Innovative Partnerships for the State of Washington. Her interest in plug in cars was first sparked in 2009 during her maiden drive behind the wheel of a zero-emission vehicle. That eye-opening experience ignited a career shift focused on advancing electric vehicles and providing the charging infrastructure that drivers need to re-energize their vehicles. Tonia co-created the West Coast Electric Highway, a network of public DC fast chargers along I-5 and other major roadways from British Columbia to Baja California. She discovered her clan of passionate PEV advocates when she first presented the initiative at a Seattle Electric Vehicle Association meeting. Tonia is one of the founding members of the World Wide WEV (an international group of Women of Electric Vehicles).