Julie D. Baker — Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Operating Officer, Alliance Senior Vice President

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Julie Baker has served as deputy laboratory director and chief operating officer of NREL and senior vice president of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy—the company that operates NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy—since 2020.

Baker guides laboratory operations and assesses the effectiveness of business systems and infrastructure in supporting mission outcomes and NREL's vision. She came to NREL in 2016 as associate laboratory director for Facilities and Operations, overseeing the laboratory's Site Operations; Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality; Information Technology; and Security and Emergency Management organizations.

Prior to NREL, she worked at Idaho National Laboratory for 27 years. She has expertise in many aspects of nuclear facility operations, business, and mission development. Baker has served in a variety of operations, engineering, science and technology, and management positions throughout her career. Among these assignments was her role as special assistant to Idaho National Laboratory's laboratory director. During that time, Baker engaged in the full array of the laboratory's internal and external strategic priorities.

Baker has a bachelor's degree in process technology from the University of Idaho and studied mechanical engineering at Utah State University. She also serves on the governing committee that oversees operations at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.