Zachery Michael is Chief of Staff for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. As a principal member of the EERE senior leadership team, he leads strategic planning, communications, and the immediate office supporting the Assistant Secretary in advancing the office mission. Before being appointed Chief of Staff, Zachery served as Senior Advisor at the Department.
He has held significant leadership and management positions throughout the Administration. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Zachery served as Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, where he advanced partnerships with state, local and tribal officials on Administration-shared priorities. In 2017, he was appointed as Chief Speechwriter to Secretary Wilbur L. Ross in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Commerce.
Zachery’s earlier career encompasses diverse roles in political leadership where he worked for a governor, member of congress, and other state and local officials across the Southeast. Prior to entering public service, Zachery managed community and external affairs for the Michael Companies, a business conglomerate based in the Carolinas.
For more than a decade, Zachery has been supporting international initiatives to improve the public health, education and welfare of East Africa and Latin America’s rural communities. His work includes vital infrastructure improvements, water purification projects, and educational programs to distressed populations.
Zachery is a native of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies.