Kristin Slanina has been serving as an advisor on the transportation sector to the Velodyne Board since May 2021 and currently is the Managing Director of Charge Across America, the first of its kind, 10 day race starting October 31st from New York to Los Angeles, using only electric vehicles and highlighting the rapid innovations made in EV’s. She is soon to be appointed to be the Chief Innovation Officer at ParkMyFleet, creating new mobility hubs for the future. Previously, she served as TrueCar’s Chief Operating Officer where she led the newly formed solutions group and helped the company accelerate into its next phase of growth. Kristin spent the first 21 years of her career at Ford Motor Company, beginning as a powertrain engineer. For over six years Kristin worked in Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering group before leading the global effort to define Ford’s overall vision on the future of mobility and address key societal and environmental issues. She has also held roles at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after Ford. Kristin worked at Ernst & Young (“EY”), where she created and developed their Global Mobility Practice, advising clients on the future of mobility and smart cities. Her understanding of autonomous vehicle technology, connected car and electrification aided her in leading teams to define and implement new mobility business models, as well as how to scale those businesses. After EY, Kristin was Thirdware’s Chief Transformation officer from 2019 to 2020, where she led the Emerging Technology group, branching the company out into new areas such as vehicle software development, connected vehicles, machine learning and blockchain technology. Kristin holds an M.S. and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.