We're excited to announce the latest addition to our amazing team: Joseph Okpaku! He joins us from Lyft, where he spent 5 years leading their policy team as the VP of government relations.
"We are thrilled to welcome Joe to the Booster executive team. Booster's focus on partnership within communities supports safer and more sustainable fueling, with lower road congestion and lower crime for all," said Booster CEO and Co-Founder Frank Mycroft. "Joe has the passion and depth of experience necessary to lead our policy team. He'll work with policy makers and community leaders to help bring Booster's benefits and vision to every community we serve."
Joe will be a key player in our mission to change the way energy delivered and make it better for our customers, our cities, and our planet. As head of policy, Okpaku will be responsible for policy matters relating to safety and regulations of mobile fueling, both for the expansion of fleet operations in the 20 cities Booster is already operating in, as well as new regions that Booster plans to enter over the next 12 months and beyond. Thanks to Joe and his team, we've already been welcomed by new cities — including South San Francisco, El Segundo, and Newport Beach, CA.
"Being involved with Booster at this time is very exciting," said Okpaku. "Booster is revolutionizing the industry by making fueling faster, safer and more environmentally friendly, so working on policy that will help us expand safely and effectively, while making every car a bit more fuel efficient and community traffic a little less congested, is a once in a lifetime chance."
A graduate of Georgetown University and UCLA, Joe spent the first 13 years of his legal career in New York where he was an Assistant District Attorney in NYC and a trial counsel for the NYSE Division of Enforcement. Following that, he moved to California to serve as chief of staff for a member of the San Jose City Council. Most recently at Lyft, Okpaku used his experience in law and government to lead the government relations team and unlock new markets. While at Lyft, Okpaku and his team engaged at the federal, state and local level to develop a regulatory framework for the ridesharing industry, resulting in legislation being adopted in nearly every state. Okpaku's team at Lyft also helped frame the discussion of autonomous vehicle policy with a focus on the key role that ridesharing will play in the testing, deployment and adoption of AV technology. He has also testified before several different Congressional committees on this topic.
We're excited to have him on board. Welcome to the team, Joe!