Jetta Wong - Director, National Laboratory Impact Initiative
Jetta Wong leads development and implementation of a coordinated strategy of uniform policies and programs to accelerate the commercial impact of the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories. To increase the impact of research and engagement at the national labs, she provides advice to the Assistant Secretary on what programs and initiatives that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy can influence to achieve those goals.
Jetta joined DOE in July 2012. Before then, she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. She worked on a wide range of energy and environment policy issues related to civilian research, development, and demonstration programs at DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency. Specific areas of focus included smart grid technologies, bioenergy, marine and hydrokinetic energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, building technologies, and industrial energy efficiency technologies. Additional areas of expertise comprise the energy-water nexus, social behavioral research, hydraulic fracturing, and biological sciences.
Before working for Congress, Jetta worked for the Clean Energy Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) where she brought stakeholders together from southern states in support of a national Renewable Electricity Standard. Prior to her work at UCS, she served as the Senior Policy Associate on Sustainable Biomass for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. There she testified twice for Congress on bioenergy and worked with congressional staffers and stakeholders to develop policies that promote cutting-edge sustainable renewable energy technologies.
Jetta's career in energy started in Uzbekistan where she was a natural resources consultant on an anaerobic digestion development project. Jetta holds a MPS in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and B.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan.