Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) has today named Daniel Gage as its new president. Gage comes to NGVAmerica from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers where he served as Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs since 2011. He succeeds Matthew Godlewski, who recently joined Ford Motor Company.
Gage takes over leadership of NGVAmerica at an important time in the organization’s 30-year history as the USA’s leading organization driving the use of natural gas as a clean, domestic, safe and abundant transportation fuel.
“Dan’s deep experience in moving positive initiatives through a variety of channels will be critical as NGVAmerica continues to push for policies that make natural gas fuel more available to the transportation market,” said Mitchell Pratt, chairman of NGVAmerica. “As alternative fuels grab more and more headlines about their potential, it is imperative that our industry communicates the many ways natural gas is the superior choice for fleets that are looking to make a positive impact on the environment and to save money today and into the future.”
“It’s a defining moment for natural gas in transportation,” added Gage, “and I am honored to lead a talented group of professionals dedicated to advancing cleaner air through the expanded use of natural gas innovation.”
Over 165,000 light-, medium-, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles are on America’s roadways today. About 30 percent of all transit buses operate on natural gas as do approximately 60 percent of all new refuse truck orders. Natural gas ground vehicles reduce GHG emissions at more than 40 major U.S. airports, and new rail and marine applications currently being developed and deployed offer new long-term opportunities for the industry. Cities around the world like London, Paris, Mexico City and others are discovering that their bets on diesel are only proving to be a mistake and are turning more and more to natural gas fuel to make improvements in their current air quality and reduce long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“Natural gas remains the cleanest commercially available transportation option, costing – on average – one third less than other fuels,” said Gage. “Domestically-sourced, natural gas delivers superior performance and offers the most cost-effective NOx emissions reductions as compared to diesel or electric options.”
Gage will begin at NGVAmerica in mid-September. He holds more than 20 years of experience in government and community relations and public affairs, building effective teams and developing comprehensive messaging campaigns to shape policy at all levels of government.
Prior to joining the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Gage was a senior staff member in the Washington office of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as Vice President of Government Relations for JA Green & Company, a boutique Washington firm providing solutions for the U.S. industrial base. His background includes a decade of Congressional experience as Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, and Communications Director for former House Appropriations Cardinal Jim Walsh (NY) and as Director of Public Affairs for the City of Syracuse, New York under then Mayor and later HUD Deputy Secretary Roy A. Bernardi.
Gage began his public service career as a White House intern in the George H.W. Bush administration under then Chief Speechwriter Tony Snow. A native Upstate New Yorker, Gage is an undergraduate of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
NGVAmerica is the national organization driving the use of natural gas as a clean, domestic, safe and abundant transportation fuel. The organization represents more than 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations interested in the promotion and use of natural gas in transportation. Find out more at www.ngvamerica.org.