Raised in a working-class latino neighborhood in Denver, Levi enrolled in Regis University with a scholarship for debate when he was 15. After transferring to Yale, he stayed connected to his roots by tutoring ESL and mentoring low-income students. While pursuing his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins, Levi founded IRIS Engines, Inc., then shifted his focus to electric vehicles as a better solution to climate change. During the Obama administration, he served as an advisor in the Energy Department. An expert in innovation and technology, his commentary now appears regularly in The New Yorker, Slate and Fortune; and he is a frequent guest on NPR. Levi is the author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future (Simon and Schuster 2015). He speaks Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese and is currently managing partner at Valence Strategic.