SCOTT MERCER
CEO & Founder

Scott is an entrepreneur with a passion for bringing future-focused technology to market faster. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital, Forty Under 40 by Pacific Business News, and Hawaii Business’ Twenty for the Next 20. Prior to Volta, Scott ran a vintage automotive restoration business and sold a restored 1967 Jaguar XKE to seed the beginnings of Volta. Scott currently drives a Brammo motorcycle, an electric Fiat, and occasionally, a 1971 Alfa Romeo.

CHRIS WENDEL
President

Chris is a global finance executive with 20 years of experience running large sales teams and raising capital in equity markets. The bulk of this time was with Goldman Sachs in the United States, Germany, and Japan. While on sabbatical in Hawaii, Chris stumbled upon Volta stations at the Kailua Whole Foods. He soon after became an investor and joined Volta as partner and CFO in 2012. Chris lives in Napa with his wife and three children, loves flying, and will challenge you to a tennis match any day of the week. He and his wife each drive a Tesla Model S in fire engine red and metallic blue.

DEBRA CROW
Chief Financial Officer

Debra has over 20 years of experience in finance.  She was the V.P. Treasurer at Yahoo! Inc. where she was responsible for Capital Markets, Investments, Global Cash and In-House Banking, FX, and Insurance & Risk Management.  Prior to Yahoo! she was a Principal in the Treasury Advisory practice at Ernst & Young, LLP, based in San Francisco where she assisted companies in global finance, technology implementations, and enhancing their control environments.  Debra currently serves as the Treasurer of the non-profit Cinema Napa Valley and is a board member for Berkeley Humane.  Debra is test-driving EVs and eagerly awaiting the U.S. release of the BMW iX3.

JIM DEGRAW
General Counsel

Jim brings 20+ years’ experience to Volta in handling legal issues for technology companies.  Much of this came as a Partner at Ropes & Gray, based in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Boston.  Jim also has a B.S. in Computer Science, and worked as a programmer analyst at a start-up before attending law school.   Jim lives in San Francisco with his wife, where he also is active in the Solidarity / Social Justice Committee at St. Ignatius Parish.  Their 4 children decided they should get an Audi E-tron.  Until that arrives, they’re riding the big EV buses in San Francisco or pedaling around town.

DREW LIPSHER
Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer

Drew has 20 plus years as a media and digital media operator and investor. He was the former CRO at GLAMSQUAD and previously held senior leadership roles at Korn Ferry, Clear Channel, Greycroft, Intercope Geffen A&M Records, News Corp., BMG, and Warner Music. Drew recently ended his term as the Chairman of the Board of the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA and Berkshire Outdoor Center, one of the oldest independent YMCA organizations in the country. Drew lives in New York City with his wife and two boys, loves the ocean, skiing, music, reading, and cooking. He is anxiously awaiting an EV charging station in his city garage, so he can get a new Tesla Model S. In the meantime, he happily drives around in his Jeep Wrangler with no doors or top!

Praveen Mandal, Chief Technical Officer
PRAVEEN MANDAL
Chief Technical Officer

Praveen invented the Networked Charging Station and is a serial entrepreneur within the electric vehicle space. A MIT Connection Science Fellow with an accomplished resume, Praveen brings a successful track record of impactful ideas for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and a fresh take on AI expertise to Volta and the industry. Praveen’s first electric vehicle was a Toyota Prius with an aftermarket conversion from Pat’s Garage in San Francisco 2008.