News Release: NREL Names Meyer Seligman To Lead New Government Relations Office

June 21, 2021 | Contact media relations

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has named Meyer Seligman as director for Government Relations. In this new position for the laboratory, Seligman will be responsible for ensuring NREL stakeholders are informed on NREL’s research to help advance the laboratory’s mission. Seligman will start with NREL on July 26, 2021.

“We are excited to welcome Meyer to our NREL team. Working with government stakeholders continues to gain prominence as we turn our vision into reality and address what is needed today to secure our nation’s energy future,” said NREL Laboratory Director Martin Keller. “Meyer’s guidance on how we can engage our external stakeholders as the U.S. lays the foundations for both carbon-free electricity and a clean energy economy will be important to our success.”

For the past seven years, Seligman has been a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Energy and Water Development Subcommittee. Her work for the committee included oversight and funding for a variety of DOE programs including the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of Science. Prior to that, she served as the legislative director for U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee (MS). 

“We are in the midst of a transformation of how we generate, distribute, and consume energy in the United States and around the world,” Seligman said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to help position NREL as impactful leaders in the research, development, and deployment of the technologies that are critical for our energy future.”

The new office Seligman will lead will also include NREL’s Katie Richardson. Since 2018, Richardson has helped NREL support state, local, and tribal governments as a program manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to joining NREL, she served as the state science and development director for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM). Richardson holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Caltech and a doctoral physics degree from the University of New Mexico.

Seligman has a bachelor’s degree in communication and information sciences from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is also a 2017 graduate of the NREL Executive Energy Leadership Program.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

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