Jim Spaeth serves as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office System Development and Integration Program Manager. Jim is leading the DOE deployment and market strategy development for sustainable aviation fuels. His current portfolio includes the DOE investments in integrated biorefinery projects focused on the development of advanced biofuels and bioproducts including sustainable aviation, marine, and other heavy-duty biofuel applications.
Jim also leads the bioenergy international engagement activities for DOE, is the current Chair of the Biofuture Clean Energy Ministerial Initiative, and recently completed a 3-year term as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Program.
Since 1994 Jim has served in various roles at DOE including: Senior Advisor for the Pacific Region; Director for the Office of Commercialization & Project Management; and Biomass and Renewables Program Team Manager. Jim also served as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Prior to joining DOE, Jim worked for over 10 years in the aerospace industry in engineering and business development positions with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing.