DOE Welcomes New Appointments by Biden-Harris

WASHINGTON DC – The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the appointment of new members of the Biden-Harris administration who have joined the team to help build a more prosperous and fairer clean energy future for the people American.

“In the first 100 days of this administration, the DOE team worked swiftly and urgently to meet President Biden’s bold climate and clean energy goals – and these latest additions further strengthen our efforts.” , said Chief of Staff Tarak Shah. “We are thrilled to have their talent and expertise in our ranks as we continue to advance innovative and equitable clean energy solutions that will create millions of well-paying jobs and launch every American worker and community into the future.” greener.

The new appointees and their roles are listed below:

Dave Bloom, Speech Writer, Public Affairs Office

Dave Bloom most recently served as Senior Editor and Communications Specialist with Karl A. Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Previously, he worked as a speechwriter at NextGen America. Bloom began his career with the speechwriting and strategy firm West Wing Writers. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science and is originally from Miami, Florida.

Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer

Ann Dunkin was most recently the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, specializing in state and local government at Dell Technologies. Previously, she was Information Officer (CIO) for Santa Clara County. Dunkin served in the Obama administration as the CIO of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, she was the Director of Technology for the Palo Alto Unified School District, after a long career at Hewlett Packard in various leadership roles focused on engineering, research and development, IT, manufacturing engineering. , software quality and operations.

Dunkin is a published author, most recently of the book Industrial digital transformation, and a speaker on the themes of modernization of government technology, digital transformation and organizational development. Dunkin was named one of ComputerWorld’s 100 Tech Leaders for 2016, one of DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech for 2015 and 2016, and StateScoop’s 50 Women in Tech list for 2017. In 2018, she was inducted into the Georgia Tech Academy of Honors. Engineering graduates. Dunkin holds an MS and BS in Industrial Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Washington.

Kathryn Huff, Deputy Principal Under Secretary for Nuclear Energy

Dr. Kathryn D. Huff was most recently Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she led the Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles Research Group. and was a Blue Waters assistant. Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Prior to her appointment to the faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Consortium for Nuclear Science and Security and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California-Berkeley.

Dr Huff received his doctorate. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, and a BA in physics from the University of Chicago. His research includes modeling and simulation of advanced nuclear reactors and fuel cycles. She has been an active member of the American Nuclear Society, President of the Division of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Policy, past President of the Division of Fuel Cycle and Waste Management, and recipient of the Excellence Awards of young members and Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement. . Through her leadership at Software Carpentry, SciPy, The Hacker Within, and the Journal of Open Source Software, she has also advocated for best practices in open and reproducible scientific computing.

Yahaira Lopez, Deputy Chief of Staff

Yahaira Lopez has led operations management and human capital strategy for a variety of corporate, government and political organizations. Most recently, she held the position of Director of Human Operations at Hawkfish LLC, and prior to that, she was Director of Human Resources for Vice President Kamala Harris’ Presidential Campaign. During the Obama administration, she worked in three different federal agencies, first managing environmental policy initiatives at the Department of Agriculture, then moving on to political staff at the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation. Lopez’s university education is in natural resource conservation, which led her to work with several non-profit environmental organizations as an educator and program manager for ten years. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao and is a certified non-profit professional. She is also the proud mom of a thriving freshman.

Elizabeth Noll, Assistant Deputy Secretary for House Affairs

Elizabeth Noll has spent her career finding political solutions to address the challenges of our country’s energy system and tackle the climate crisis. Most recently, Noll was Vice President of the Coefficient Group, and prior to that she worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council where she oversaw federal clean energy policy for the building, transportation and energy sectors. , in collaboration with Congress, administration and partners from the clean energy industry. Originally from Alabama, Elizabeth received her BS from Clemson University and her Masters in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Charisma Troiano, Deputy Press Secretary, Public Affairs Office

Charisma L. Troiano most recently served as Director of Communications for Democracy Forward, a public interest litigation firm that fights corruption in government policy making. Previously, she was the press secretary to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. Born into a proud immigrant family, Troiano began her career as a legal reporter for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. She lives with her husband and divides her time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC Troiano is a graduate of Vassar College and New York Law School.

Becca Ward, Legislative Advisor, Office of Parliamentary and Intergovernmental Affairs

Becca Ward most recently served as CEO of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a national organization dedicated to creating new energy leadership for an equitable, resilient and decarbonized energy ecosystem. Previously, she was legislative assistant to US Senator Jeff Merkley, working on energy, climate and transportation policy. Ward is originally from Portland, Oregon, and received his BA in Public Policy and Energy Technology from Duke University.

Aimee Witteman, Assistant Under-Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs

Aimee Witteman was most recently Director of U.S. State Policy at Energy Innovation, where she supported state efforts to build an equitable and just energy economy. She was previously a program director at the McKnight Foundation, where she designed and led the Midwest Climate & Energy program focused on decarbonizing the energy, buildings, transportation and working land sectors in the upper Midwest, by emphasizing strategic democratic participation and racial equity. Witteman was Executive Director of the National Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture in Washington, DC, where she advocated for policy reform to advance the sustainability of food systems, natural resources and rural communities. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MS from Tufts University.

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