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In her role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Strategic Innovation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bindu Jacob directs EERE's business operations, including budget, IT, project management, laboratory policy, strategic programs, 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. She is also the Acting Strategic Programs Director, overseeing strategic communications, legislative affairs, international activities, stakeholder engagement, and policy and analysis functions, as well as Technoloyg-to-Market initiatives.
Before serving in this new position, she served as Director of the Information Technology Services Office, providing information technology and business management systems support and ensuring IT investments were aligned, integrated, effective, and responsive to the organization's needs.
Her current position builds upon various leadership roles she has held recently within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), both as a consultant and as a federal employee within EERE and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Her previous EERE leadership roles have included acting as director of a succession of offices, including Business Operations, Budget, and Information and Business Management. She has also served as a senior budget advisor to EERE's leadership team. In every role, she aggressively developed process improvements that have been invaluable in supporting EERE's primary R&D mission.
Since joining DOE in 2009, she has held progressively higher-level positions. She streamlined Department-wide budget review processes and created executive dashboards to efficiently connect DOE leadership with critical budgetary information. This experience built upon her tenure on the President's Management Advisory Board, where she worked with private sector CEO's to develop recommendations in strategic sourcing and corrective actions for improper payments, then collaborated with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies for implementation.
Bindu earned a bachelor's degree in economics from George Mason University and a master's degree in information technology from the American Intercontinental University.