Bridging Science, Technology, and International Affairs as a Presidential Management Fellow

 

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.

Jordan Hibbs Department of Energy

Behind The Scenes At The 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly

Last week, I found myself on the crowded, bustling streets of New York City, commuting through morning rush hour traffic. I could hardly contain my excitement as I walked through Midtown East with a coffee in one hand and a bagel in the other. I first stopped by the Turtle Bay Music School to pick up my registration pass, I then headed to the United Nations Headquarters, where I would be joining over 1200 youth from all over the world to participate in the 2018 Youth Assembly. As a youth delegate representing the United States, I was ready to learn more about the United Nations, hear from great speakers, and discuss the role of youth in addressing global challenges.

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An Insider’s View to the United Nation’s Social Good Summit

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

3 Brilliant Ways To Use Technology For Social Good

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

5 Remarkable Quotes From The Social Good Summit

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 Summit Blogger Fellow. Check out five quotes from the 2017 Social Good Summit for a glimpse into the lively discussion around making the world a better place: Read more

The Role of Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals

On August 8, 2017, the United Nations Association National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) hosted, “Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals” with Congressman Don Beyer. Hosted at the Rayburn Office Building at the U.S. Capitol, over a hundred guests joined to hear from Congressman Beyer discuss the United States’ commitment to the UN, climate action, and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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8 Tips From My First 8 Months as a Presidential Management Fellow

Welcome back! I’m here to give an update on my first 8 months as a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC. Check out the eight tips below:

  1. Be thoughtful about building your network

If you dread networking events as much as I do, then this first tip is for you! As an extrovert, many people might be surprised that I am not a huge fan of networking events. The idea of going to a place where I do not know anyone and everyone wants to meet people freaks me out for some reason. Instead of trying to “fake it till I make it,” a mentor of mine suggested I go to more targeted events to meet people. Specifically, I now find organizations whose work aligns with my interests and go to events hosted by that organization. This way, instead of putting all the pressure on myself like I do at traditional networking events, I can connect with people who I know have common interests. This type of informal networking makes me feel less overwhelmed and the connections are more fruitful in the long run. That being said, I would not suggest limiting yourself to attending events only in your field – branching out to other sectors can be very rewarding as well.

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