DOE picks former Hill, Biden campaign aides for advisory roles

By Brian Dabbs | 05/17/2024 06:53 AM EDT

The department named appointees for six offices.

Department of Energy headquarters in Washington.

Department of Energy headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Department of Energy announced eight hires Thursday to fill positions in multiple offices, including electricity and congressional affairs.

Vanessa Alderete is now deputy White House liaison for Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. She previously worked for then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). DOE also named Jessica Lee associate administrator for congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Lee comes to the department after working as a former senior congressional adviser at the State Department.

“We are excited to welcome this new group of appointees to our team of dedicated public servants focused on the President’s climate goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050,” DOE chief of staff Christopher Davis said in a statement.


DOE said women and minorities each make up 59 percent of the department’s political appointees under Biden. LGBTQ+ staff are 23 percent, according to DOE. Additional department appointees announced Thursday include: