Rob Sandoli is the Director of Strategic Initiatives within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). He coordinates efforts across DOE program offices on topics including energy storage, critical materials, and technology validation. His previous positions at DOE include Director of the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs, Director of EERE’s International Program, and Senior Advisor to DOE's Under Secretary of Energy.
At the U.S. Department of State, he served as Deputy Special Advisor for Alternative Energy, focusing on renewable energy finance and international cooperation on bioenergy development. As a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), he oversaw and made policy recommendations on a portfolio of DOE energy programs with an annual budget of $1.4 billion, helped to draft Executive Orders on energy management and sustainability, and facilitated implementation of energy management directives across Federal agencies. On short-term assignment, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Science (Energy Subcommittee) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his government career, he was a project manager and environmental scientist at a major consulting firm.
He is the recipient of 12 Federal honors and awards for his work on energy, climate, and management initiatives, including the Secretary’s Appreciation Award at DOE, the Superior Honor Award from the State Department, and several OMB Special Achievement Awards.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Rutgers University, Master of Science in Microbiology from Cornell University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.