CALSTART Announces New Senior Leadership Position

Mandel Promoted to New Vice President Slot


PASADENA, Calif. – CALSTART is pleased to announce that Ben Mandel, formerly Senior Director, Northeast Region has been promoted to be the organization’s first Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.

In his new role, Mandel will create, plan, and implement innovative strategies and programs that will accelerate the growth of the clean transportation industry. Vice President, Strategic Initiatives is a new position created within the organization for the purpose of creating major new initiatives that will allow CALSTART and its member companies to achieve its 2030 decarbonization goals.

“We are very excited to have Ben apply the knowledge and expertise he’s demonstrated in his Senior Director role to the newly created Strategic Initiatives vice presidency,” said John Boesel, CALSTART’s President and CEO. “Ben’s enthusiasm and dedication to CALSTART’s goals are well-respected both within the company and among our many members, industry partners, and government agency colleagues. Ben is incredibly bright and strategic. I’m confident he will help us innovate our way to our 2030 goals,”

Prior to joining CALSTART in 2018, Mandel worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for Energy Regulatory Affairs in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Energy Law and Policy Fellow at New York University’s Guarini Center; and Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mandel holds Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Energy & Resources degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in Mathematical Economics and Hispanic Literature and Culture.

A nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California and central Europe and partners world-wide, CALSTART works with 300+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient, and clean high-tech transportation industry. We overcome barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.