Envirotech Vehicles Inc. of Osceola (Nasdaq: EVTV) has hired Victoria Pagonis to oversee the company's efforts to obtain new federal grants available to electric vehicle makers.
In a news release, Envirotech said Pagonis brings 30 years of experience in education grant writing to the role. As a teacher and school district administrator in New Jersey, she helped schools obtain millions in federal awards. She also started two education nonprofits that received funding from federal grants, according to the release.
Pagonis joins Envirotech as billions of dollars in incentives become available for electric vehicle manufacturers through the Inflation Reduction Act.
"We are seeing a generational shift in the automotive industry as electrification goes mainstream, and at its current stage, being equipped to fully leverage local, state and federal incentive programs is critical for EV producers to drive strong customer adoption," CEO Phillip Oldridge said in the release.
"Securing government funding is often a complicated process — to be successful in securing these awards requires individuals who know the processes and the people in place."
Pagonis holds an undergraduate degree in political science and public administration from Montclair State University in New Jersey, a master's in educational administration, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction.