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Barbara Stokes — Chief Audit Executive and Director of Internal Audit

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Barbara Stokes is the Chief Audit Executive and Director of Internal Audit for NREL and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC; she has served in this position since 2013.

In her 20-plus years at NREL, Stokes has also served as the Chief Financial Officer and as an Alliance officer with responsibility for finance, treasury, accounting, pricing, financial business systems, and internal controls. She managed the financial planning and analysis group with responsibility for the development of lab-wide budgets and indirect rates; and managed project funds availability for NREL's DOE and strategic partner projects. She has served on numerous lab-wide teams including enterprise risk management, strategic business systems, and process improvements.

Her prior work background includes public accounting, managing tax and audit engagements for manufacturing, service and not-for-profit organizations; corporate controller at CH2M Hill; and Director of Corporate Administration for a U.S. Department of Defense contractor. Her experience also includes business systems conversions, bid and proposal teams, and contract transition.

Stokes is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and holds a bachelor's in Business Administration/Accounting from Colorado State University. She serves on the steering committee for the DOE Contractors Internal Audit Directors, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of Internal Auditors.