DOE energy justice chief heads for the exit

By Carlos Anchondo | 06/21/2024 06:30 AM EDT

Shalanda Baker has led the Department of Energy’s efforts to ensure the benefits of clean energy reach historically disadvantaged communities.

Shalanda Baker.

Shalanda Baker. Francis Chung/POLITICO (DOE); DOE (Baker)

The head of the Department of Energy’s equity efforts is leaving the agency to return to academia.

Shalanda Baker, director of DOE’s Office of Energy Justice and Equity, will join the University of Michigan on Sept. 1. Her last day at DOE is Friday.

Baker will be the university’s vice provost for sustainability and climate action. She leaves an office that more than tripled in size during her tenure and issued DOE’s first-ever diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility strategy.


In an interview Thursday, Baker said building up the DOE office was among her proudest achievements.