Dr. Nichole Fitzgerald is a technology manager in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. She manages research and development projects in BETO’s Conversion Program, ranging in topic from catalytic upgrading of biologically derived chemicals to electrochemical processes for upgrading biorefinery intermediates. Nichole is passionate about finding ways to get renewable carbon into the materials we use daily and has pioneered several bioproduct and functional replacement initiatives for BETO. Prior to her current role, Nichole served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at BETO and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where she developed highly effective and now commercially available reagents for pharmaceutical applications. Nichole received her doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary.