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Bobi A. Garrett — Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer

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In her role as deputy laboratory director/chief operating officer (COO) of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bobi Garrett integrates laboratory strategy and execution across mission and operations.

She oversees planning and institutional performance management functions, assesses the effectiveness of business systems and infrastructure in supporting mission outcomes, and serves as the interface with DOE headquarters. She brings long-standing experience in energy research to this role.

Before she was COO at NREL, Garrett was the deputy laboratory director for Strategic Programs and Partnerships, leading the functions that connect the capabilities of the laboratory to market impact. Prior to joining NREL in 1998, Garrett also held several line management and program leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.

Garrett has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and a master's from the University of Washington. She serves on the board of CO-LABS, the consortium of federally funded research institutions in Colorado; the Operational Technical Review Committee of Arizona Public Service; and as an ambassador for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E), a program under the Clean Energy Ministerial focused on attracting, retaining, and advancing women in clean energy careers.