21st July 2024

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Division of Vitality (DOE) yesterday introduced eight new Biden-Harris Administration appointees becoming a member of the DOE workforce to work alongside U.S. Secretary of Vitality Jennifer M. Granholm in combating local weather change and serving to the US obtain President Biden’s formidable clear power targets. With these new hires, DOE appointees proceed to make up an traditionally various workforce with 59% girls, 59% folks of shade, and 23% of workers figuring out as LGBTQ+.

“We’re excited to welcome this new group of appointees to our workforce of devoted public servants targeted on the President’s local weather targets of 100% clear electrical energy by 2035 and a net-zero financial system by 2050,” mentioned DOE Chief of Employees Christopher Davis. “These people will carry an array of expertise and expertise because the Division, below Secretary Granholm’s management, implements the President’s Investing in America agenda.”

New appointees are listed under: 

Vanessa Alderete, Deputy White Home Liaison, Workplace of the Secretary 
Alderete is life-long public servant who hails from a big Mexican-American household from East Los Angeles. She labored for then-Senator Kamala Harris the place she rose to the place of Senior Director of Constituent Providers. She acquired her Twin Progressive levels from the College of Southern California, the place she acquired her B.A. in Worldwide Relations and Masters in Public Administration, specializing in local weather change and immigration coverage. Previous to becoming a member of DOE, Alderete labored at Peace Corps because the Particular Assistant to the Director. Alderete lives in DC together with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son and enjoys exploring town, working in Rock Creek Park and taking her youngsters to the Smithsonian Museums.

Eric Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs, Workplace of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs 
Delaney involves the Division from the Home Committee on Guidelines, the place he was Senior Skilled Employees and Director of Member Providers. Beforehand, Delaney labored as Legislative Director for then Rep. Anthony Brown (MD). Previous to Eric’s work for Rep. Brown, he labored for then Home Democratic Caucus Vice Chair after which Chair Xavier Becerra (CA). Delaney is a Philadelphia native who additionally lived in Nice Neck, N.Y. He earned his B.A. from Binghamton College – S.U.N.Y., the place he was a Division 1 soccer participant, and at the moment resides in Washington, D.C., together with his spouse and son.

Brian Eiler, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs, Workplace of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs 
Earlier than becoming a member of the Division, Eiler served as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Atmosphere and Public Works for 5 years, working below Chairman Tom Carper (DE). From 2012-2017 he served on the Division of Commerce for 5 years, first as Affiliate Director for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs within the Workplace of the Secretary, later as Senior Advisor to the Below Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Environment and Administrator of the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kathryn Sullivan. Eiler has additionally served as Oversight Counsel for the Home Committee on Oversight and as Senior Coverage Analyst for the Presidential Fee on the examine of bioethical points. Eiler acquired a Batchelor’s of Arts from Kenyon School and a Juris Physician from American College, Washington School of Legislation. Initially from Chicago, he now lives together with his spouse and daughter in Washington, DC.

Christopher Ford, Deputy Press Secretary, Workplace of Public Affairs 
Previous to becoming a member of DOE, he labored on the NAACP Authorized Protection and Instructional Fund as a media relations strategist. He additionally beforehand served as the published supervisor on the communications workforce on the Middle for American Progress. Earlier than coming to DC, he labored as a manufacturing assistant on a number of movie and tv initiatives, together with AMC’s TURN: Washington Spies and PBS’s Mercy Road. Born and raised in Virginia, Ford is a graduate of Wake Forest College the place he majored in Politics & Worldwide Affairs and minored in Historical past.

Megan Husted, Particular Assistant, Workplace of Electrical energy 
Previous to becoming a member of the Division of Vitality, Husted was an intern for the White Home Council on Environmental High quality within the Workplace of Environmental Justice. Previous to that, she was the Photo voltaic Challenge Director for the Nice Lakes Renewable Vitality Affiliation, working to develop photo voltaic power programs and group photo voltaic coverage throughout the state of Michigan. She holds a B.A. in Sustainability in Coverage and Governance from the College of Louisville and a M.S. in Environmental Justice and Environmental Coverage from the College for Atmosphere and Sustainability on the College of Michigan. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

Alayna Jenkins, Particular Assistant for the Secretary’s Briefing Ebook, Workplace of Administration 
Alayna graduated in Might 2023 with a bachelor’s diploma from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Coverage. Earlier than her appointment, she served as an intern for the White Home Council on Environmental High quality, the place she labored because the assistant to the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. Previous to that, she was a Fellow for the Open Environmental Information Challenge and a Pupil Coordinator for Harvard’s Useful resource Effectivity Program. Jenkins was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jessica Lee, Affiliate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs 
Jessica Lee is NNSA’s Affiliate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, a place she has held since February 2024. Beforehand, she served as a Senior Congressional Advisor on the Bureau of Legislative Affairs on the Division of State. In that function, she led State Division management’s congressional engagements associated to the East Asia and the Pacific area. Lee started her profession in Washington in 2008 on the Home of Representatives, the place she served as a coverage advisor on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee. Different experiences embrace main a nationwide Korean American nonprofit group targeted on civic engagement throughout federal, state, and native ranges and analyzing U.S.-DPRK nuclear diplomacy. She is a time period member of the Council on Overseas Relations and a 2021-2022 Arms Management Negotiation Academy Fellow with the Negotiation Process Power at Harvard College. Lee earned a bachelor’s diploma in political science from Wellesley School and a grasp’s diploma in Regional Research-East Asia from Harvard College.

Mikael Rafiqi, Advance Lead, Workplace of Administration 
Previous to DOE, Rafiqi served in varied advance positions for a number of Presidential campaigns, together with Biden-Harris and Bernie Sanders. He beforehand led advance for a Senatorial race within the state of Georgia. Moreover, he labored as a Scheduler in a congressional workplace, and a contract advance/occasion producer. Rafiqi is a proud native of Plano, Texas.

Click on right here for the total record of DOE Biden-Harris Administration appointees. 

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