Leslie Nicholls

Federal Energy Management Program Office Director (Acting)

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Leslie Nicholls is the Acting Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). She previously served as FEMP's Strategic Communications and Training Manager.

As Acting FEMP Director, Leslie oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in federal government operations.

She brings nearly three decades of clean energy and executive leadership experience to EERE. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, a subsidiary of VSE Corporation. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of multiple cross-cutting programs. She also provided expertise to federal agencies and private sector energy companies in federal and commercial energy management, greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and strategic planning.

Before holding that position, she worked for 17 years at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Contracting Officer. During her tenure, she worked on many energy sector projects including lighting and building systems technology procurements, GovEnergy, and inventor innovation competitions.

Leslie has bachelor and master degrees in business administration from Washington State University.