Teri L. Donaldson was sworn in as the fifth Inspector General of the United States Department of Energy on January 23, 2019. Ms. Donaldson began her career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, and received numerous commendations from federal investigatory agencies, as well as Special Commendations from the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of the FBI. She then served as General Counsel for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, representing the State of Florida on a broad range of environmental and energy matters. Ms. Donaldson joined the private sector in 2004, where she assisted clients with complex investigations, litigation and corporate compliance matters. Most recently, Ms. Donaldson was a partner in the Houston office of DLA Piper, LP (US), where her clients included a variety of major American and international corporations. Ms. Donaldson returned to public service in September of 2017 serving as the General Counsel for the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate before becoming Inspector General. Ms. Donaldson is the first female to the hold the position of Inspector General at the Department of Energy.