Gilbertson, who has been acting in the role since August, also served as the Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (APDAS) for the Office of Regulatory and Policy Affairs. Betsy Connell will serve as acting APDAS for that office.
“Mark has excellent skills, temperament, and knowledge that complement mine,” EM Assistant Secretary Anne White said, adding that she is honored to work alongside him.
Gilbertson has over 35 years of public- and private-sector experience in environmental engineering and remediation. Since joining EM in 1994, he has led advancements in risk reduction and innovative technological enhancements, and increased headquarters and field site integration in his many leadership roles.
Gilbertson has been a member of the Senior Executive Service for over 25 years and has served in multiple positions in EM, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for various EM organizations, such as Site Restoration; Program and Site Support; Engineering and Technology; and Environmental Cleanup and Acceleration. He also was the National Laboratory Policy Advisor for EM, overseeing the development of policies related to the management and operations of the Savannah River National Laboratory.
Prior to joining EM, Gilbertson spent four years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working on Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an executive certificate in management and leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.