John Sneed was appointed by President Trump in May 2017 to serve as Executive Director of the Loan Programs Office (LPO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Sneed oversees the program’s more than $30 billion portfolio of loans and loan guarantees to innovative clean energy and advanced technology vehicles manufacturing projects, making it the largest project finance organization in the U.S. government. He also serves as Chair of DOE's Project Management Risk Committee.
Mr. Sneed brings more than two decades of experience in government infrastructure investment and management from his time working for the State of Texas. As the Lieutenant Governor's designee to the Texas Bond Review Board, Mr. Sneed helped to ensure the prudent use of debt financing to meet the state’s infrastructure needs. In his capacity as Senior Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Sneed served as liaison to the Texas Enterprise Fund, the largest “deal-closing” fund of its kind in the nation, and the Emerging Technology Fund, which provided incentives for commercialization activities for early-stage technologies.
Prior to leading LPO, Mr. Sneed served as Executive Director of the Texas State Preservation Board, where he was charged with managing the care, maintenance, and preservation of more than one million square feet of property, including the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, State Cemetery, and Bullock Texas State History Museum. In that role, Mr. Sneed led enterprise operations that helped to fund historic preservation and management of the State History Museum.
A proud fifth-generation Texan, Mr. Sneed earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He and his wife Michelle have been married for more than thirty years and they have two daughters and two sons-in-law.