GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Bill Malkes (right of picture) has announced today that Regina Hopper (second left) has been named Senior Vice President Global Public Policy effective August 1, 2017.
“I am thrilled that Regina will be putting her extensive public policy and strategic communications experience to work on behalf of GRIDSMART as we continue our strategic and tactical build out of operations in the U.S. and around the world,” said Bill Malkes.
GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. is a Knoxville, Tennessee based company using the most advanced vision processing algorithms in the world of traffic. GRIDSMART scientists are alumni of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology and the United States Naval Academy.
“Since returning to transportation, I have had a front row seat in watching GRIDSMART combine technology, talent and imagination to create new products and business models that are defining the next generation of transformational transportation,” said Hopper. “This new role will allow me to work with this great team and drive public policy to advance the safe, equitable, sustainable, efficient and productive transportation systems and networks of the future.”
Hopper comes to GRIDSMART with an impressive career spanning transportation, telecommunications, energy, media and law. She served as President & CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and America’s Natural Gas Alliance and also as Executive Vice President of both US Telecom and the American Trucking Associations. She has become known as a leader in national and state advocacy initiatives having been named a top CEO by CEO Update and The Hill, and she is a Johnson Fellow at the University of Arkansas.
Hopper is an Emmy Award-winning former network news correspondent for the CBS Evening News, CBS Morning News, CBS Weekend News, 48 Hours and the CBS affiliate division Newspath. She covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, anchored the network’s overnight broadcast and reported on breaking news around the country from the New York and Washington, D.C. bureaus. She was awarded an Emmy for investigative reporting on 48 Hours.
Before heading to New York and Washington, D.C., she began her television career reporting for both the ABC and CBS affiliates in Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas’ School of Law, Hopper practiced securities and bankruptcy law before entering broadcasting.
Hopper also has extensive philanthropic service. She currently serves on the boards of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and the Washington, D.C. based Arkansas State Society. She is immediate past Chair of the Miss America Foundation Board of Trustees and first Vice-Chair of the Miss America Organization Board of Directors, collectively the largest provider of scholarships for young women.