Reuben Sarkar

President & CEO

Reuben Sarkar serves as the president and CEO for the American Center for Mobility (ACM). He sets the vision for ACM on behalf of a diverse set of stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and economic development who use ACM’s leading-edge facilities and resources to move business and economic growth forward in the region. He cultivates the partnerships, collaborations, and investments that allow ACM to deliver the unique capabilities necessary for the advancement of the technologies that drive industry mobility solutions.  Acting as a liaison between the industry OEMs, technology developers, and policy makers, Reuben provides a bridging voice within the mobility and automotive industry.

Reuben brings more than two decades of experience in transportation innovation in corporate, government, and entrepreneurial roles including serving as Chief Product Officer for Forge Nano, a corporate venture-backed start-up whose portfolio included advanced materials for EV batteries and fuel cells; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where he oversaw more than $1.8B of R&D investments into the sustainable transportation sector through their Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies Offices and established EERE’s focus on mobility systems; Proterra Inc., a leading manufacturer of electric buses, where he led the development of their 1st generation 35-foot all-electric bus and fast charging station as well as product planning for their 2nd generation 40-foot electric bus that are in transit fleets today; serving for more than a decade at General Motors where he was the lead engineer on the 1st generation electric drive unit for the Chevy Volt.

Reuben is a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and is a Venture Partner in the Sustainability Practice at Ridge-Lane LP. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA with high distinction, all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.