Director of Government Relations, Lion Electric
Orville Thomas is an immigrant son of immigrant parents. Born in Abu Dhabi and raised in Stockton, California since he was three, he has a deep passion for ensuring the state lives up to its promise and ideals of a California for all. Those beliefs helped him lead CIPC’s Government Affairs program for two years and push forward victories such as Health for All Young Adults and Elders, Earned Income Tax Credit expansion to undocumented Californians, and pushes to expand access to the state’s social safety net. Orville currently serves as the Government Relations Director for Lion Electric. In that capacity, he oversees a Federal and 50 state strategy to help transition public and private medium- and heavy-duty fleets to all-electric vehicles and ensure communities breathe clean air. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting from San Francisco State University. Orville and his wife live in Sacramento with their two dogs, Chewbacca and Ruby.