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William (Ike White, NNSA chief of staff and associate principal deputy administrator
William "Ike" White

William "Ike" White is the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science overseeing the Office of Environmental Management. He began in this capacity in June 2019 to provide leadership for the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Prior to this position, he served as the Chief of Staff and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). In this capacity he served as the primary point of contact within the Office of the Administrator for field office managers and provided leadership and coordination on a wide range of complex operational and technical issues at NNSA sites. White also served as a member of NNSA’s executive leadership team, providing advice to the Administrator and Principal Deputy Administrator on programmatic and policy issues.

Previously, White was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety and Health. The Office of the Associate Administrator for Safety and Health, which is now part of the Office of Safety, Infrastructure and Operations, enabled the NNSA mission in the areas of nuclear and occupational safety, directly supporting the Administrator and senior managers throughout the NNSA enterprise.

Earlier in his career, White served in a variety of leadership and technical positions in NNSA and at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board focused on nuclear safety and operations.

White has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.