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Tonia Buell

Tonia Buell

Project Development and Communications Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation

Session Details

Government's Role in Innovation

May 20, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Government is a leading adopter and developer of advanced technologies. Learn how electric drive is getting energized by R&D, strategic infrastructure deployment, and accelerated support from all levels of government.


Tonia Buell is Project Development and Communications Manager for Public/Private Partnerships at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Tonia supports a transportation program that seeks to form partnerships with the private sector for the advancement of innovative public projects, programs or policies. 

Tonia manages Washington’s segment of the “West Coast Electric Highway,” a network of electric vehicle fast charging equipment along our major highways. She also represents WSDOT for PEV-related efforts and is working on the state’s action plan to reach 50,000 PEVs by 2020.

Building on career moves from California to Manhattan, Tonia is a seasoned professional with a passion for innovative and sustainable transportation projects. Tonia earned her Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She lives and works in Olympia, Washington.