EERE Leadership

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This page features biographies for the members of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) management. For more information, see the EERE organization chart.

Executive Leadership

Cathy Tripodi
Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Cathy serves as EERE's Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. In these roles she provides leadership and direction for the organization.

Alex Fitzsimmons
Chief of Staff

Alex serves as a Chief of Staff to EERE's Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Steven Chalk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation 

Steve Chalk oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation sector, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. This portfolio focuses on research and development to increase access to domestic, clean transportation fuels and improve the energy efficiency, convenience, and affordability of transporting people and goods to support U.S. energy security, economic productivity and competitiveness.

Steven Chalk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power (Acting)

As Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Steve Chalk directs EERE's renewable energy applied research, development, and demonstration activities for the geothermal, solar energy, and wind and water power technology offices. In addition, he oversees EERE's energy system integration efforts.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency (vacant)
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) oversees a diverse energy efficiency program and research portfolio that includes advanced manufacturing, buildings, federal energy management, low income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships. As part of EERE's senior leadership, this position implements and advances administration priorities and initiatives that will increase energy affordability, productivity, and resiliency of the built environment.

Bindu Jacob
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Strategic Innovation

Bindu Jacob directs EERE's business operations, including budget, IT, project management, strategic programs, the laboratory policy group, and workforce management. In addition, she oversees the Golden Field Office in Golden, Colorado and leads strategic initiatives to improve the way EERE conducts its daily operations.

Kevin Jayne
Special Advisor to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Kevin Jayne is serving as Special Advisor to provide support and counsel to EERE's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Technology Sector Leaders

Sustainable Transportation

Michael Berube
Vehicle Technologies Office Director

Michael Berube leads initiatives and programs that help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and secure a clean energy future. The Vehicle Technologies Office supports research for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and Clean Cities deployment activities.

Sunita Satyapal
Fuel Cell Technologies Office Director

Sunita Satyapal is responsible for the Office's overall strategy and execution, including oversight and coordination of about $100 million in research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities related to hydrogen and fuel cells.

Jonathan Male
Bioenergy Technologies Office Director

Jonathan Male leads the Office's overall strategic, technical, and project oversight of efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate market entry of advanced biofuels and bioproducts, which can help reduce America's imports of oil while enabling a new industry with an improved environmental impact. The Bioenergy Technology Office supports about $200 million in annual research funding in research, development, and demonstration activities through public-private partnerships.

Renewable Electricity Generation/Renewable Power

Susan Hamm
Geothermal Technologies Office Director

Susan Hamm leads the Office's overall strategic, technical, and project oversight of cutting-edge technologies designed to advance geothermal as a key contributor to the U.S. energy portfolio. She partners with industry, academia, and DOE's national laboratories to establish geothermal energy as an economically competitive and widely available component of the U.S. energy supply.

Charlie Gay
Solar Energy Technologies Office Director

Charlie Gay leads a team that is responsible for driving research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.

Valerie Reed
Wind Energy Technologies Office Director (Acting)

Valerie Reed leads the Wind Energy Technologies Office to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of wind technologies.

Alejandro Moreno
Water Power Technologies Office Director

Alejandro Moreno manages efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of water power technologies.

Energy Efficient Homes, Buildings, and Manufacturing

David Nemtzow
Building Technologies Office Director 

David Nemtzow leads the Building Technologies Office to create a self-sustaining market for building energy efficiency, including advancing technologies, promoting highly efficient buildings and homes, and accelerating the adoption of building codes and equipment standards. 

Rob Ivester 
Federal Energy Management Program Office Director

Rob Ivester oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations.

Valri Lightner
Advanced Manufacturing Office Director (Acting)

The Advanced Manufacturing Office focuses on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing, enabling vigorous domestic development of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies to reduce the energy intensity and life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.

Anna Garcia
Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office Director

Anna Garcia provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.

Strategic Program Leaders

Bindu Jacob
Strategic Programs Director (Acting)

In directing Strategic Programs within the Office of EERE, Bindu Jacob oversees strategic communications, legislative affairs, international activities, stakeholder engagement, and policy and analysis functions, as well as Technology-to-Market initiatives.

Stakeholder Engagement Director, Communications and Legislative Affairs Lead

Stakeholder Engagement promotes EERE’s coordination and interactions with key external stakeholders to create opportunities to discuss and advance EERE’s mission. EERE’s Communications team manages EERE’s web enterprise, traditional and social media presence, and executive and internal communications activities. EERE’s Legislative Affairs team works in close collaboration with DOE’s Offices of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Chief Financial Officer to serve as the primary liaison between EERE technology offices and Congress.

Jennifer DeCesaro
Technology-to-Market Director (Acting)

Jennifer DeCesaro directs EERE's Technology-to-Market Program to address challenges in moving new energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into the marketplace.

Steve Capanna
Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis Director

Steve Capanna leads the team that provides consistent, objective and credible analysis for EERE's activities--from market to impacts analysis--as well as an understanding of the effect of various policies on EERE's mission.

Support Office Leaders

Budget Office

John Barth
Budget Director

John Barth leads the development of EERE's corporate budget and oversees how it is executed.

Business Operations

Business Operations Office Director

This position manages EERE's daily operations. This includes overseeing Workforce Management, Project Management Coordination, and Information Technology Services to ensure their efforts are aligned, effective, and responsive to the organization's needs.

Project Management and Coordination Office Director

This position is responsible for informing and facilitating unified and highly effective EERE corporate planning and program implementation through the identification and deployment of active project management policies, procedures, best practices, and lessons learned.

Scott Hine
Workforce Management Office Director (Acting)

As acting Workforce Management Office Director, Scott Hine leads the coordination with the Office of Human Capital, in addition to diversity, workforce strategy, talent management, facilities, and administrative support. All of these functions provide essential support to EERE's corporate business processes and mission.

Scott Hine
Information Technology Services Office Director 
Scott Hine oversees EERE's Information Technology Services Office, providing information technology and business management systems support and ensuring IT investments are aligned, integrated, effective, and responsive to the organization's needs.

Derek Passarelli
Golden Field Office Director

Derek Passarelli leads EERE staff in Golden, Colorado in moving toward a low-carbon, energy-secure economy. He oversees Golden’s operations and support functions, as well as the management and operation contract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Procurement Operations Division Director

This position oversees three Golden Field Office areas that provide the necessary business services to support EERE offices, programs, and national laboratories conducting EERE work. 

Marlys Kinsey
Business Services Division Director (Acting)

This position oversees the Financial, Environment, Safety and Health and National Laboratory Oversight activities that provide the necessary business services to support EERE technology and operations offices, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in conducting EERE work.