Reuben Sarkar

President & CEO

Reuben Sarkar serves as the president and CEO for the American Center for Mobility (ACM). He joins with more than two decades of experience in transportation innovation in corporate, government, and entrepreneurial roles.

Most recently, Reuben was Chief Product Officer for Forge Nano, a corporate venture-backed start-up whose portfolio included advanced materials for EV batteries and fuel cells. Formerly, he was 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. While at U.S. DOE, he established EERE’s focus on mobility systems.

Before joining EERE, he worked at 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. Prior to that, Reuben spent 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.