As part of my time serving as a Presidential Management Training with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), I am required to complete 80 hours of training each year. Last year, DOE provided me the opportunity to complete a Key Executive Leadership Certificate program through American University.
Since August 2016, I have been serving as a Presidential Management Fellow within the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), where I have been managing a portfolio of high impact technology projects for commercial buildings. This has involved coordinating technical research teams with experts from our national laboratories and the private sector to identify, evaluate, and prioritize technologies to support the optimization of commercial building components and systems.
As I enter the last portion of my fellowship, I am excited to announce that I will be spending the next six months on detail to the Department of Energy’s Office of Asian Affairs under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. The Office of Asian Affairs is responsible for developing strategies to foster collaborative energy R&D and deployment activities and partnerships, and to encourage energy investment and trade that will improve energy security, strengthen economic competitiveness and further global environmental initiatives across Asia.
The Office of Asian Affairs also analyzes energy policy, market trends, investment and trade issues and their impact on U.S. national security, foreign policy, climate policy, and trade policy objectives. The Office coordinates DOE policy issues and working relationships with specific nations and international organizations and serves as the primary DOE point of contact with these countries and organizations.
For this 6-month detail, I am looking forward to leveraging my knowledge of science and technology policy to support DOE’s Office of Asian Affairs. I will be supporting project management function for projects spanning Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and India. Additionally, I will be leading the planning of the next U.S.-Indonesia Energy Policy Dialogue meeting. Follow along here on my blog for updates on the experience.
By Jordan Hibbs & Belgica Cucalon
During the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, at the high-level side event, “The Role of Parliaments in Women, Peace, and Security,” contributor and co-founder of The International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Sanam Naraghi Anderlini expressed a passionate albeit frustrated account of how 18 years ago she and fellow women’s civil society organizations had urged for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and security responses. Throughout CSW62 it became clear that often the voices most systematically removed and ignored in security measures continue to be of those most affected by conflict. As UNA-USA Delegates at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we recognize the importance of information-sharing for empowering communities and creating partnerships. Ensuring inclusion and representation for women and youth at decision-making tables related to peace and security must be a top priority if sustainable peace is to ever be more than an aspirational agenda. Read more
A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to find out that I was selected as a delegate to the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to represent the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). This week, thousands of representatives from government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector from all over the world are preparing to make their way to New York City to take part in this year’s meeting of the United Nations’ CSW. Established by the UN in June 1946, the CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Ever wonder what happens when you bring together global citizens, celebrities, and industry leaders to discuss how technology and new media can help make the world a better place? Well, that is exactly what I had the opportunity to experience while serving as a United Nations Association (UNA-USA) Blogger Fellow at the 2017 Social Good Summit. Read more
Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Social Good Summit unites global citizens and progressive thought leaders around technology and new media’s impact on human progress. This year I had the opportunity to serve as a United Nations Association Social Good Blogger to spread the word about the outstanding work of the individuals who are changing the world through technology and new media. Here is a list of three technological solutions presented at the 2017 Social Good Summit that are making the world a better place: Read more