About Us

Hampton Roads was recognized as a Clean Cities Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996. In 2001, the non-profit Virginia Clean Cities, Inc. was created to manage the Coalition. In 2009, Virginia Clean Cities formed a partnership with James Madison University enabling both organizations to leverage resources, current initiatives, and future opportunities. Virginia Clean Cities has an office at James Madison University, and serves as a cornerstone program in the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER).

The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the Department of Energy in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This legislation’s express intent is to ensure national energy security by reducing dependence on imported petroleum products. The Clean Cities program was chartered to help achieve this objective by promoting alternative fuel use in the transportation sector.

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How Does Clean Cities Work?

Clean Cities draws stakeholders from local, state, and federal agencies; public health and transportation departments; commercial fleets; transit agencies; and other government offices; as well as auto manufacturers, car dealers, fuel and equipment suppliers, public utilities, and nonprofit associations.

Clean Cities is instrumental in cultivating an advanced transportation community in which people learn about a wide range of options and technologies. In addition, Clean Cities helps create markets for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), hybrids, fuel blends, fuel economy, and idle reduction. More importantly, Clean Cities provides a forum for members to leverage resources, develop joint projects, collaborate on public policy issues, and promote petroleum displacement and clean air technologies.

Clean Cities partnerships address the challenge of moving the United States away from the infrastructure and practices that contribute to the nation’s dependence on imported petroleum and toward energy independence and security. Clean Cities brings the national goals outlined in DOE’s Advanced Energy Initiative to the communities that can realize the end results.

Mission Statement

Promote non-polluting, non-petroleum alternative fuels and vehicles to:

1. Increase U.S. national energy security;
2. Improve air quality and public health in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
3. Develop resulting economic, academic, and research opportunities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Meet the Team

Virginia Clean Cities has offices in Richmond and at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to the team that manages the day-to-day operation of the organization, Virginia Clean Cities also draws on a large, diverse, and engaged group of stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.

Alleyn Harned
Executive Director
Virginia Clean Cities
c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-8896
Mobile: (804) 539-9425
Fax: (540) 568-5181
Alleyn joined Clean Cities is 2009, the same year Virginia Clean Cities, Inc., formed a partnership with James Madison University. That partnership allows Clean Cities and the university in Harrisonburg, Virginia to work together to leverage resources, support alternative fuel initiatives and pursue opportunities to decrease pollution and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Prior to being named Executive Director, Alleyn served as VCC’s Business Development Director. He serves as the Virginia representative to the nine-state Southeast Natural Gas Vehicle Corridor Committee, and was the coordinator for Virginia’s initial 2010 electric vehicle readiness effort. Harned was appointed to the State Advisory Board on Air Pollution in 2013.

Alleyn has worked on transportation and energy-related issues in Virginia since 2006. Before joining the VCC staff, Alleyn served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia where he assisted in drafting Virginia’s initial Energy Plan, and participated in the Virginia Commission on Climate Change and Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Council. Harned is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is pursuing a Master’s degree at James Madison University, where he serves an adjunct faculty role.

With Virginia Clean Cities, Harned leads the coalition’s collaborative effort to assist stakeholders and the Commonwealth in programs to improve air quality, and increase American energy security and economic opportunity through the increased use of alternative fuels and vehicles.

Michael Phillips Program CoordinatorMP headshot 3 resize
Virginia Clean Cities
c/o Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Office: (804) 482-1790
Michael Phillips serves as Project Manager for Virginia Clean Cities (VCC). At VCC Michael manages alternative fuel transportation projects and leads the organization’s public relations and media campaign. Michael also serves as Virginia Clean Cities’ Richmond staffer, based in the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy at the state capitol.

Phillips previously managed the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi), a U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Community Readiness for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure program. The program was designed to advance the Richmond Region and Commonwealth at large as an attractive and sustainable market for electric vehicle technology as well as lay educational and policy groundwork for electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure installation.

During his time at Virginia Clean Cities, Michael has also led the organization’s public relations and media campaign, resulting in extensive exposure throughout the state for various VCC programs to improve air quality and increase American energy security and economic opportunity through the increased use of alternative fuels.

Prior to joining Virginia Clean Cities, Michael spent four years leading Mid-Atlantic public relations for Ford Motor Company. At Ford,

Michael strategically planned, managed and executed public relations campaigns for a region including Virginia, Maryland, DC, North Carolina and South Carolina with a particular emphasis on the company’s sustainability efforts. In addition, he served as the Mid-Atlantic spokesperson for major media including TV, national print, radio and social media.

For Ford, Michael frequently planned and executed major events including media, government officials, business leaders and partner organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic resulting in significant media exposure and national attention. His past events have included vehicle electrification forums, sustainability forums, product launches, auto shows, national tours and press conferences.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Matthew Wade


Program Coordinator
Virginia Clean Cities c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-4051
Matthew Wade is a local government professional from Harrisonburg, Virginia. He earned a Masters of Public Administration from James Madison University in 2007. He spent the next 6 years working in executive administration, finance, and public works for Augusta and Rockingham Counties as an Administrative Intern and a Financial Analyst. In that time, he has specialized in working across departments to achieve meaningful and positive goals for the citizens of each County. He’s an Eagle Scout who in his spare time enjoys recreational activities ranging from camping and hiking to gardening and golf. He appreciates the fascinating blend of city-life and friendlier, quieter country-town vibe that Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley offer.
Kaitlin Pomerleau
Administrative and Financial CoordinatorKaitlin Virginia Clean Cities
c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-4854
Kaitlin Pomerleau joined Virginia Clean Cities in May 2013 as the Administrative and Financial Coordinator. Kaitlin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with undergraduate degrees in Political Science and International Studies. She then earned her master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Financial Management from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Kaitlin’s interest in alternative energy stems from her experience serving as the energy and environmental policy intern in Senator Russ Feingold’s Washington, D.C. office where she assisted with policy research and legislative correspondence. Kaitlin relocated to Harrisonburg in May 2012 and is eager to learn more about alternative fuels and to immerse herself in Virginia Clean Cities’ efforts in the Commonwealth.


David RobinsonDavid_Birch
Marketing Lead Birch Studio
619 East High Street, Suite 4
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Office: (434) 977-9303
David founded Birch Studio in Charlottesville in 1996 and serves as Creative Director. In this capacity, he has overseen the branding and marketing of many small and mid-sized businesses in a variety of industries. He has trained and worked with numerous creative and technical staff since hiring Birch Studio’s first employee in 1999. David launched Flux Report, a periodical that presents data from the alternative fuels sector (biodiesel, ethanol, propane, etc.) and presents them in a visually-appealing format. Flux Report has been adopted by several Clean Cities Coalitions and is currently distributed to over 15,000 readers. David lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son, loves camping, mountain biking and hang gliding, and serves on the boards of Virginia Clean Cities, Mill Creek South HOA and Court Square Condo Association. He is an advisor to RideForward at UVa. He earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Maryland.


Kayla Cook
Virginia Clean Cities c/o James Madison University
1401 Technology Drive
MSC 4115
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-5707


Kayla Cook is joining Virginia Clean Cities as a student intern for the 2014-2015 academic year. Kayla is a junior at James Madison University. She is seeking a degree in Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) with a focus on sustainability from energy and environmental perspectives. Kayla’s interest in sustainability was sparked at a young age after growing up on the Chesapeake Bay and this interest was furthered after witnessing a lack of basic infrastructure on her study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic. Kayla has enjoyed learning about the alternative fuel technologies and hopes to increase their usage on a local and national scale.

Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Research and Innovation
Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship
James Madison University
MSC 4111
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-1739
Kenneth Newbold identifies and pursues new opportunities to expand James Madison University’s role in energy and environmental research. Dr. Newbold focuses on coordinating faculty expertise at JMU across the academic disciplines to pursue research and service projects and develop partnerships. He has facilitated grant and contracts totaling $6,550,000 focused on alternative energy research and also serves as the coordinator of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium Center for Wind Energy. His research interests include critical infrastructure protection, homeland security policy, intelligence analysis, and higher education.
Becky Rohlf
JMU-VCC Administrative Liaison
Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship
James Madison University126_becky_picture
MSC 4111
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Office: (540) 568-3640


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