Todd N. Lapointe, Deputy Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health

Mr. Todd Lapointe is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS).  The office provides corporate leadership and strategic approaches for protecting DOE’s workers, the public, the environment, and national security assets. This is accomplished through developing corporate policies and standards; sharing operating experience, lessons learned, and best practices; and providing assistance and supporting services as DOE’s environment, health, safety and security advocate.

Previous roles within DOE have included serving as the Deputy Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health and Safety in the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security; Senior Technical Safety Manager in the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Chief of Staff for the DOE’s Under Secretary for Management and Performance, Director of the DOE’s Office of Science Office of Safety and Security Policy, Director of the Office of Environmental Management, Office of Safety Management and a member of the Department’s Chief of Nuclear Safety Central Technical Authority Staff serving as the technical expert for operations management.  In these positions, Mr. Lapointe was responsible for providing broad operations and policy leadership and managing worker safety and health, emergency management, radiological safety, contractor assurance system, environmental protection, quality assurance, and security leadership. In addition, Mr. Lapointe has served on numerous ‘for cause’ and operational readiness, safety and quality assurance reviews including serving as the nuclear safety team lead for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Accident Investigation Board on behalf of the Department charged with determining the causes and corrective actions related to the February, 2014 underground radiological release accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM. 

Selected achievements include:

  • Recipient of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award as Board Member and nuclear safety team lead for the 2014 Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Underground Radiological and Chemical Release Accident Investigation;
  • Recipient of the US Vice-Presidential National Performance Review "Hammer" Award for the development of key performance and safety metrics supporting the Department of Energy's Office of Environment, Safety & Health;
  • Commercial research and development manager for operations, quality assurance, business process analyses, and reengineering to some of the manufacturing industry's most respected leaders including SC Johnson, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Akzo-Nobel, among others; and
  • Recognized leadership, competence and operations and management experience as a decorated U.S. Naval nuclear submarine officer.

Before coming to the Department, Mr. Lapointe provided management and leadership in the commercial research and development software industry and served as an officer aboard submarines in the U.S Pacific Fleet. 

Mr. Lapointe resides with his wife, Megan, in Baltimore and Coltons Point, MD.