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EVgo Announces Nomination of Former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and Google Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt to Join its Post-Merger Public Company Board of Directors

07 Apr 2021

EVgo, the nation's largest and only 100% renewable electricity-powered public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), announced the nomination of Secretary Rodney Slater, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP and U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton, and Kate Brandt, Google's Sustainability Officer and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer under President Obama, to join its Board of Directors upon the closing of its previously announced business combination with Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corporation ("CRIS").

"We are thrilled to partner with these preeminent leaders with extensive private and public experience in transportation and sustainability to propel EVgo's strategy and growth initiatives," said David Nanus, EVgo Chairman and Co-Head of Private Equity at LS Power, the owner of EVgo.

"Secretary Slater, having served as a leader at the highest levels in both the public and private sectors, has unparalleled experience in transportation infrastructure and policy, and can provide invaluable insight to the EVgo board as it works to advance EVgo's mission to expedite mass adoption of EVs by creating a convenient, reliable and affordable EV charging network that delivers fast charging to everyone," Nanus said.

"Kate has been a leader in the drive toward sustainability and decarbonization for years, and her unique perspectives, developed through her role at Google overseeing sustainability for one of the world's largest and most recognizable brands and during her previous service as United States' first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, make her an outstanding addition to the EVgo board," Nanus said.

"Today's announcement demonstrates EVgo's commitment to assembling a high-quality Board of Directors comprised of seasoned leaders with deeply relevant expertise to advance EVgo's position as a leading provider of essential infrastructure to enable the transition to clean mobility," said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo.

Board Nominee Experience Detail

Rodney Slater currently serves as a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, where he leads the firm's transportation practice, and has served since 2001. Prior to that, he served as the 13th United States Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. In that capacity, Secretary Slater oversaw several significant legislative initiatives, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act. Prior to that, Secretary Slater held a number of positions in federal and state government related to transportation. He received a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University, a J.D. from the University of Arkansas and completed additional studies through the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University in 2011. Secretary Slater is a director of Verizon Communications Inc., chairman of the board of directors of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation and previously served as a director of Kansas City Southern and Transurban Group. 

Kate Brandt currently serves as Google's Sustainability Officer, where she leads sustainability across Google's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. Prior to Google, Ms. Brandt served as the United States' first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In that capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. Prior to that, Ms. Brandt held senior roles at the Departments of Energy and Defense. She received an A.B., with honors, from Brown University and an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She serves on the boards of BSR, The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, The Roosevelt Institute, and the Corporate Eco Forum. Ms. Brandt serves as a Strategic Advisor to LS Power and is being nominated to the EVgo board of directors in connection with her Strategic Advisor services to LS Power. 

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