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.