Director, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
Christopher Clark Deschene (Navajo Nation) is the director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Mr. Deschene has more than 20 years of management and policy experience, along with extensive tribal relationships and deep expertise in business and energy development, natural resources, and environmental policies, federal Indian law, and government affairs.
Deputy Director, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
David F. Conrad serves as an advisor for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. He previously served as the Department’s Director for Tribal and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, where he was responsible for intergovernmental affairs with tribal, city, and county governments.
Doug MacCourt has more than 25 years of experience working with tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and tribal business enterprises on all aspects of energy development and natural resources matters. He advises the Office director and staff and works throughout DOE and with other federal and state agencies on policy, legislative, and funding issues that are critical to the Office’s mission of developing and deploying clean energy and related economic development projects in Indian Country.
Sarai Geary (Muscogee Creek Nation) is a program manager in the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. As program manager, Ms. Geary designs and implements technical assistance and educational programs that positively impact Indian energy development and promotes energy education for Indian Tribes.
Givey Kochanowski is the Alaska program manager for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. Duty-stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he is responsible for the support and delivery of DOE technical assistance, capacity building, energy education, and outreach to all Alaskan tribal entities. Mr. Kochanowski is a champion for tribal needs through the various organizational boards on which he serves, ranging from the Alaska Federal Executive Association to the National Defense Transportation Association’s North Pole Chapter.
Lizana Pierce works in DOE’s Golden Field Office in Colorado and is responsible for implementing national funding and financing programs and administering the resultant tribal energy project grants and agreements. She has more than 20 years of clean energy technology, project development, and management experience assisting Tribes in developing their energy resources and building their energy visions.