Tarak Shah to Function Chief of Employees, David G. Huizenga to Function Appearing Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Division of Power (DOE) at the moment introduced new Biden-Harris Administration senior management appointees. These new leaders will direct coverage at DOE, coordinate throughout the Administration, and enact President Joe Biden’s imaginative and prescient for daring motion on the local weather disaster and on safeguarding the Individuals most affected by it. These skilled professionals mirror President Biden’s pledge to equip his Administration with a crew that represents America’s variety.
Tarak Shah will function Chief of Employees, changing into the primary individual of shade, first Indian-American, and first brazenly LGBTQ individual to serve in that place at DOE.
“These gifted and numerous public servants will ship on President Biden’s purpose to deal with the local weather disaster and construct an equitable clear power future,” stated DOE Chief of Employees Tarak Shah. “Guided by their experience, breadth of expertise, and following the science, these Division of Power appointees will contribute to making a clear power financial system that produces thousands and thousands of good-paying American jobs and safeguards the planet for future generations.”
Along with the Biden-Harris appointees, David G. Huizenga will function Appearing Secretary of Power. He was most lately Affiliate Principal Deputy Administrator for the Nationwide Nuclear Safety Administration and has been a profession worker at DOE since 1987.
Biographies of the appointees are listed beneath in alphabetical order:
Shalanda H. Baker, Deputy Director for Power Justice
Shalanda H. Baker was principally lately a professor of legislation, public coverage, and concrete affairs at Northeastern College. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Power Justice, which supplies technical legislation and coverage help to communities on the entrance strains of local weather change. Baker served as an Air Power officer previous to her honorable discharge pursuant to the then present “Do not Ask, Do not Inform” coverage, and have become a vocal advocate for repeal of the coverage. She earned a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Air Power Academy, a J.D. from Northeastern College, and L.L.M. from the College of Wisconsin.
Vanessa Z. Chan, Director, Workplace of Know-how Transitions (Chief Commercialization Officer)
Vanessa Z. Chan involves the Biden-Harris Administration from the College of Pennsylvania the place she was the Brassington Professor of Follow and the Undergraduate Chair of the Supplies Science and Engineering Division. She has spent the previous 20 years serving to giant firms commercialize their applied sciences and revamping the educational curriculum of engineering college students to make a higher social affect. Chan earned her Ph.D. in Supplies Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how and a B.S. in Engineering from the College of Pennsylvania.
Robert Cowin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement
Robert Cowin was most lately director of presidency affairs for the Local weather & Power program on the Union of Involved Scientists. Previous to that, Cowin labored for the Nationwide Environmental Belief, the place he helped manage nationwide campaigns centered on local weather change, clear power, and clear air. He holds a grasp’s diploma in worldwide relations from the Fletcher College of Legislation and Diplomacy at Tufts College, and a B.A. from Boston School.
Tanya Das, Chief of Employees, Workplace of Science
Tanya Das was most lately a Skilled Employees Member on the U.S. Home Committee on Science, Area, and Know-how, the place she labored on laws on a spread of points in clear power and manufacturing coverage. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the College of California, Santa Barbara, and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the College of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Christopher Davis, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Power
Christopher Davis served all eight years of the Obama Administration — first within the White Home Workplace of Legislative Affairs after which in a number of senior roles on the Division of Power. Previous to that, he labored for the U.S. Home Committee on Oversight and Reform and the U.S. Home Committee on Power and Commerce. Extra lately, Davis labored with Co-Equal, a non-profit group offering experience and information to Congress on oversight and laws.
Ali Douraghy, Chief of Employees, Workplace of the Underneath Secretary for Science & Power
Ali Douraghy was most lately Chief Technique Officer for Lawrence Berkeley Nationwide Laboratory’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Space. He led the New Voices program on the Nationwide Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Drugs, which brings numerous chief views into science coverage. He obtained his Ph.D. in biomedical physics from the UCLA College of Drugs.
Caroline Gray, White Home Liaison
Caroline Gray labored for Biden for President as Growth States Director, managing distributed engagement in 33 states. Beforehand, she labored on the presidential marketing campaign of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Gray began her profession as an organizer for then-Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential marketing campaign and labored on the 2012 Obama re-election marketing campaign. She co-founded Civis Analytics, a knowledge science agency.
Todd Kim, Deputy Common Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement
Todd Kim most lately was a accomplice at Reed Smith LLP, and earlier than that was the primary Solicitor Common for the District of Columbia, serving in that capability greater than 11 years. Kim graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Legislation College, the place he was an govt editor of the Harvard Legislation Evaluation, and obtained his undergraduate diploma magna cum laude in biology from Harvard School.
Jennifer Jean Kropke, Director of Power Jobs
Jennifer Jean Kropke served as the primary Director of Workforce and Environmental Engagement for IBEW Native Union 11 and the Nationwide Electrical Contractors’ Affiliation-Los Angeles’ Labor Administration Cooperation Committee. She centered on creating clear power, port electrification, and 0 emission transportation alternatives for union members. She is a graduate of the UCLA College of Legislation.
Andrew Gentle, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Worldwide Affairs
Andrew Gentle has labored on worldwide local weather and power coverage in and out of doors of presidency for the final 15 years. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Senior Adviser and India Counselor to the U.S. Particular Envoy on Local weather Change, in addition to a local weather adviser within the Secretary of State’s Workplace of Coverage Planning. Gentle was a global local weather and power coverage volunteer for the Biden marketing campaign and was one of many chief architects of Governor Jay Inslee’s plan for world local weather mobilization. He accomplished his undergraduate work at Mercer College and doctoral work on the College of California, Riverside with a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in environmental threat evaluation on the College of Alberta.
David A. Mayorga, Director of Public Affairs
David A. Mayorga most lately served as Director of Communications for the Lawyer Common for the District of Columbia Karl A. Racine. Beforehand he was Senior Spokesperson for the Shopper Monetary Safety Bureau and led communications for DOE’s Photo voltaic Power Applied sciences Workplace. Mayorga, an immigrant and brazenly LGBTQ individual, was the primary in his fast household to attend a four-year school. He earned a B.A. from the College of Florida and commenced his skilled profession on the U.S. Home Committee on Science.
Shara Mohtadi, Chief of Employees, Workplace of Power Effectivity & Renewable Power
Shara Mohtadi has centered her profession advising policymakers and worldwide organizations on mitigating local weather change and advancing clear power insurance policies. She most lately led the America’s Pledge initiative and managed grants centered on the coal to wash power transition in Asia and Australia at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Throughout the Obama Administration, Mohtadi served as an advisor for the power and atmosphere portfolio on the White Home, within the Workplace of Administration and Price range. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate levels from Columbia College.
Ali Nouri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
Ali Nouri is a molecular biologist and most lately was the President of the Federation of American Scientists, which addresses world well being and safety dangers. Previous to that, he served as a U.S. Senate staffer for a decade and served as an advisor within the workplace of then UN Secretary Common Kofi Annan. Nouri obtained a B.A. in biology from Reed School and obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton College.
Tarak Shah, Chief of Employees
Tarak Shah is an power coverage skilled who has spent the final decade engaged on combating local weather change. On the Biden-Harris Transition, Shah was the Personnel lead for the Local weather and Science crew. From 2014-2017, he served as Chief of Employees to the Underneath Secretary for Science and Power at DOE. Shah has additionally labored on political campaigns, together with President Obama’s Senate and presidential campaigns. He obtained his undergraduate diploma from the College of Illinois and his M.B.A from Cornell College.
Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Power Effectivity & Renewable Power
Kelly Speakes-Backman most lately served as the primary CEO of the Power Storage Affiliation, the nationwide commerce group for the power storage trade. Speakes-Backman has spent greater than 20 years working in power and environmental points within the public, NGO and personal sectors. In 2019, she was honored by The Cleanie Awards as Girl of the Yr.
Narayan Subramanian, Authorized Advisor, Workplace of Common Counsel
Narayan Subramanian was a Visiting Analysis Fellow on the Middle for Legislation, Power, & the Setting at Berkeley Legislation main a challenge monitoring regulatory rollbacks, and served as a Fellow on the Initiative for Sustainable Power Coverage at Johns Hopkins College and Information for Progress. Subramanian holds a J.D. from Columbia Legislation College, an M.P.A. from the College of Public & Worldwide Affairs at Princeton College, and a B.S. in Earth & Environmental Engineering from Columbia College.
Shuchi Talati, Chief of Employees, Workplace of Fossil Power
Shuchi Talati was most lately a Senior Coverage Advisor at Carbon180 the place she centered on insurance policies to construct sustainable and equitable technological carbon elimination at scale. She additionally served as a coverage volunteer on the Biden-Harris marketing campaign. Dr. Talati earned a B.S. from Northwestern College, an M.A. from Columbia College, and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon College.
Jennifer Wilcox, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Power
Jennifer Wilcox was most lately the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Power Coverage on the College of Pennsylvania, and a Senior Fellow on the World Assets Institute. Wilcox’s work examines the nexus of power and the atmosphere, growing methods to attenuate adverse local weather impacts related to society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Wilcox holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and M.A. in Chemistry from the College of Arizona and B.A. in Arithmetic from Wellesley School.
Avi Zevin, Deputy Common Counsel for Power Coverage
Avi Zevin is an lawyer with expertise advancing insurance policies that allow the availability of carbon-free, dependable, and cost-effective electrical energy. He was a senior lawyer and Affiliated Scholar on the Institute for Coverage Integrity at New York College College of Legislation and an lawyer at Van Ness Feldman LLP. Zevin holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York College College of Legislation, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy College of Authorities, and a B.A., with excessive honors, from the College of California, Berkeley.