Steven Chalk

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation

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Steven Chalk is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). He oversees EERE’s Sustainable Transportation sector, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices. This portfolio focuses on research and development to increase access to domestic, clean transportation fuels and improve the energy efficiency, convenience, and affordability of transporting people and goods to support U.S. energy security, economic productivity and competitiveness.

Steven has held numerious leadership roles at EERE during his tenure. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Strategic Innovation, overseeing cross-cutting programs, budget and daily operations, and leading strategic initiatives to improve operations. In this position, he also had responsibility over the Golden Field Office in Golden, Colorado.

This experience built upon his other senior-level positions including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary where he led EERE through the Presidential transitions in 2009 and 2017. In these roles he managed a broad technology portfolio to accelerate development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

His experience leading EERE also included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy where he managed operations and applied research, development and demonstration of a clean energy portfolio that spans wind, solar, geothermal, conventional hydropower, marine and hydrokinetic, biomass and hydrogen technologies. 

In addition, Steven served as EERE's Chief Operating Officer and led the Recovery Act implementation, which included $17 billion of awards, part of the nation's largest-ever investment in clean energy. He also supported the Treasury Department's launch of two new clean energy tax programs—the 1603 grants-in-lieu-of tax credits and the 48C advanced manufacturing tax credits, both of which contributed significantly to America's growing clean energy sector.

In December 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry named Steven one of the prestigious Meritorious Presidential Rank Award winners for 2017 for his leadership at EERE. He had previously received the Meritorious award in 2007 and the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2009. 

For his leadership, the Partnership for Public Service honored Steven with a Service to America Medal in the Science and Environment category in 2008. This award recognized his management of several innovative clean energy projects, as well as his leadership in the federal government's efforts to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency use, particularly in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Greensburg, Kansas.

Early in his career at the Department of Energy (DOE), he managed technology development programs in fuel cells, diesel emissions control, and materials for DOE's advanced automotive technology office. He also worked in the nuclear energy field where he oversaw DOE test programs for tritium production. Steven started his career with the Navy developing propellants and explosives for conventional weapons.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.

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