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Biden Administration – Department of Energy

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Biden Administration

This profile contains Biden Administration nominations and appointments made at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Nominations and Appointments

Shalanda H. Baker is Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she had previously served as Deputy Director for Energy Justice. Prior to joining the administration, she was a professor at Northeastern University School of Law. She co-founded and served as co-director of the Initiative for Energy Justice.[1] She has served on the board of directors of the Solutions Project[2] and the Clean Energy Group,[3], as a member scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform,[4] and as a member of the Climate and Community Project.[5]

Jeremiah Baumann is Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was most recently director of federal policy at Energy Innovation, and before that worked on state clean energy policy at Bloomberg Philanthropies. He also formerly served as legislative director for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).[6] Before that, Baumann served as director of Environment Oregon, and as co-director of the New Voters Project.[7] From 1998 to 2003, he was an environmental program director at U.S. Public Interest Research Group.[8]

Brad Crabtree is Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. He most recently served as vice president for carbon management at the Great Plains Institute and as director of the Carbon Capture Coalition. He has served on the board of directors of Clean Air Task Force Action (CATF Action).[9][10]

David Crane has been nominated to serve as Under Secretary for Infrastructure. He is the chief executive officer of Climate Real Impact Solutions, and serves on the boards of Heliogen Inc., Source Global, JERA Co. Inc., Tata Steel Ltd, Elemental Excelerator, and The Climate Group North America, and is a member of The B Team. He was formerly the chief executive officer of NRG Energy, and of International Power Plc.[11] He has also served as a member of the leadership council of Vote Solar.[12]

In August 2022, the Washington Free Beacon noted that Crane was also a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Electricity Company, having joined in January 2021. The Beacon observed that Crane was the only American board member at the state-owned enterprise, and that the Saudi Electricity Company was both a major consumer of fossil fuels and a major partner of the Chinese government, having borrowed $1.5 billion from the state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in 2016. Crane pledged to step down from the board of the Saudi Electricity Company upon Senate confirmation of his nomination.[13]

Jennifer Granholm is Secretary of Energy. Granholm served as the 47th Governor of Michigan from 2003-2011, and as Attorney General of Michigan from 1999-2003.[14] She was also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and the Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society.[15] She is the founder of the American Jobs Project, where she also served as Board Chair,[16] and has served as an advisor to the Clean Energy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts.[17] She was a member of the presidential transition team for President Obama in 2008,[18] and was a co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s transition team in 2016.[19] She also served in leadership positions at the pro-Hillary Clinton Super PACs Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record.[20]

Andrew Light is Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. He has served as a professor at George Mason University since 2008. During the Obama Administration, he served in the U.S. Department of State as senior advisor and India counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change, as well as a staff climate advisor in the Office of Policy Planning. Light has also held positions as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a distinguished senior fellow at the World Resources Institute.[21] At the Center for American Progress, he served as chief advisor on international climate policy to John Podesta.[22]

Shara Mohtadi is Chief of Staff for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She most recently served on the environment team at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she led work on America’s Pledge. Before that, she was a senior advisor on climate and energy policy for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. During the Obama Administration, she served as an energy and environment advisor in the Office of Management and Budget.[23][24]

David M. Turk is Deputy Secretary of Energy. He formerly served as Deputy Executive Director at the International Energy Agency, where he had previously served as head of the Energy Environment Division and head of the Strategic Initiatives Office.[25] He also formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy, as Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, and Special Assistant to the President during the Obama Administration. He has worked for Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Joe Biden (D-DE), and for Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA).[26]

Aimee Witteman is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. She most recently served as director of U.S. states policy at Energy Innovation, and before that was a program director at the McKnight Foundation and executive director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.[27]

References

  1. “Shalanda H. Baker.” U.S. Department of Energy. Accessed August 10, 2022. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/diversity/person/shalanda-h-baker ^
  2. “Our Team.” The Solutions Project. August 13, 2020 (accessed via Wayback Machine). Available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20200813120628/https://thesolutionsproject.org/our-team/ ^
  3. “Board of Directors.” Clean Energy Group. August 7, 2020 (accessed via Wayback Machine). Available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20200807091703/https://www.cleanegroup.org/board-of-directors/ ^
  4. “CPR Member Scholars.” Center for Progressive Reform. June 8, 2020 (accessed via Wayback Machine). Available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20200608043750/https://progressivereform.org/about-cpr/cpr-scholars/ ^
  5. Climate and Community Project official website. Accessed August 10, 2022. Available at: https://www.climateandcommunity.org/ ^
  6. “Jeremiah Baumann.” U.S. Department of Energy. Accessed August 6, 2021. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/contributors/jeremiah-baumann ^
  7. “Jeremiah Baumann.” Climate One. Accessed August 6, 2021. Available at: https://www.climateone.org/people/jeremiah-baumann ^
  8. “Jeremiah Baumann.” Linkedin. Accessed August 6, 2021. Available at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremiah-baumann-9659a414 ^
  9. “Statement by Secretary Granholm on U.S. Senate Confirmation of Brad Crabtree.” U.S. Department of Energy. April 28, 2022. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/articles/statement-secretary-granholm-us-senate-confirmation-brad-crabtree ^
  10. “About us.” CATF Action. Accessed May 2, 2022. Available at: https://www.catfaction.org/about-us/ ^
  11. “Statement by Secretary Granholm on President Biden’s Nomination of David Crane.” U.S. Department of Energy. August 3, 2022. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/articles/statement-secretary-granholm-president-bidens-nomination-david-crane ^
  12. “Who We Are.” Vote Solar. Accessed August 24, 2022. Available at: https://votesolar.org/who-we-are/ ^
  13. Chuck Ross. “Pariah No Longer: Biden Admin Taps Saudi Energy Company Board Member for Top Energy Department Post.” The Washington Free Beacon. August 23, 2022. Available at: https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/pariah-no-longer-biden-admin-taps-saudi-energy-company-board-member-for-top-energy-department-post/ ^
  14. “Jennifer Granholm.” Ballotpedia. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: https://ballotpedia.org/Jennifer_Granholm ^
  15. Reed, Bora. “Berkeley Scholar Jennifer Granholm Expected to Serve as Biden Energy Secretary.” Berkeley News. December 16, 2020. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/12/16/berkeley-scholar-jennifer-granholm-expected-to-serve-as-biden-energy-secretary/ ^
  16. “Board.” American Jobs Project. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: http://americanjobsproject.us/about/board ^
  17. “Climate Nominees and Appointees: Fmr. Governor Jennifer Granholm.” Biden-Harris Transition. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: https://buildbackbetter.gov/nominees-and-appointees/jennifer-granholm/ ^
  18. Galer, Sarah. “Institute of Politics to Host Bipartisan Panel on 2012 Presidential Election.” UChicago News. May 17, 2012. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: https://news.uchicago.edu/story/institute-politics-host-bipartisan-panel-2012-presidential-election ^
  19. Becker, Amanda and Lopez, Luciana. “Clinton Names Close Confidants, Obama Veterans to Transition Team.” Reuters. August 16, 2016. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-clinton-transition/clinton-names-close-confidants-obama-veterans-to-transition-team-idUSKCN10R11X ^
  20. Vogel, Kenneth P. “Granholm Resigns From Pro-Clinton Super PAC.” Politico. August 14, 2015. Accessed December 18, 2020. Available at: https://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/jennifer-granholm-resigns-from-pro-clinton-super-pac-121366 ^
  21. “Andrew Light.” U.S. Department of Energy. Accessed November 12, 2021. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/ia/person/andrew-light ^
  22. “Andrew Light.” George Mason University. Accessed November 12, 2021. Available at: https://philosophy.gmu.edu/people/alight1 ^
  23. “Shara Mohtadi.” U.S. Department of Energy. Accessed June 28, 2021. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/contributors/shara-mohtadi ^
  24. “Shara Mohtadi.” Washington University in St. Louis. Accessed June 28, 2021. Available at: https://midwestclimatesummit.wustl.edu/people/shara-mohtadi/ ^
  25. “Leadership.” IEA. December 18, 2020. Accessed January 22, 2021. Available at: https://www.iea.org/about/leadership ^
  26. “David Turk.” U.S. Department of Energy. Accessed January 22, 2021. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/ia/contributors/david-turk ^
  27. “Aimee Witteman.” U.S. Department of Energy. Accessed August 6, 2021. Available at: https://www.energy.gov/person/aimee-witteman ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Jennifer Granholm
    Secretary of Energy
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