James M. Owendoff serves as the Department of Energy’s Chief Risk Officer, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, beginning in October 2018.
From September 1995 to November 2003 and November 2005 to October 2018, Mr. Owendoff served in various capacities in the Office of Environmental Management, to include the Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Chief Operations Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Restoration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology, and Chief Office of Project Recovery. Mr. Owendoff also served in the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management from November 2003 to November 2005 as the Associate Director for Integration.
Prior to his appointment in the Department of Energy and his retirement from active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Owendoff served in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security and served as Chief of the Air Force Environmental Restoration Division. These assignments followed a series of successively responsible leadership positions during his 25-year career in the U.S. Air Force, which included assignments throughout the United States and overseas.
Mr. Owendoff was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1968, immediately following his graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master’s of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Mr. Owendoff is married to the former Marilyn Miller of Phoenix, Arizona. They have two adult sons (Nate and John).