The Honorable Dot Harris, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
LaDoris "Dot" Harris was nominated by President Obama to be the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012. Ms. Harris brings nearly 30 years of management and leadership experience to this position, having served at some of the world’s largest firms and leading a successful energy, IT, and healthcare consulting firm.
Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Business and Economic Development
Andre H. Sayles, Ph.D., joined the Department of Energy as the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity in September 2013. He is also the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Business and Economic Development, an office created in November 2013. In this position, Dr. Sayles supports initiatives that ensure underrepresented communities and minority businesses fully participate in Department of Energy programs and are favorably impacted by energy policies.
Neil Schuldenfrei is the Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civil Rights. In this capacity, he oversees the Department’s efforts with respect to Title VI and Title IX Federal Financial Assistance reviews, Title VII Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints, and Employee Concerns. Before serving as Director, Mr. Schuldenfrei was the Deputy Director of the Office in an official and acting capacity, and has also served as an Attorney-Advisor in the office and in its predecessor office, the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity.
Deputy Director, Office of Minority Economic Impact
Annie Whatley has been the voice for minority education programs at the Department of Energy for more than 15 years - providing opportunities for universities and students to participate in the research and education programs at the Department. She has been instrumental in providing more than $800 million to minority educational institutions - of which more than $600 million went to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
A native of Alabama, she is a graduate of Alabama A&M University where she received a B.S degree in Economics.
Deputy Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Michael Colbert is the Deputy Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of Energy, where he is working to create and sustain an organizational culture that values diversity and inclusion, and fosters an environment where employees are respected, and fully engaged in contributing to the operational success of the Department of Energy’s mission, while realizing their full career potential. Mr.