The Senate confirmed Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall as the country’s next deputy energy secretary in a vote held Thursday
Sherwood-Randall will help Secretary Ernest Moniz to build project management and transparency, advance the White House’s stance on nonproliferation and a low carbon economy and oversee activities of the national laboratories, the department said Thursday.
“Her extensive public service and recent responsibilities on the White House National Security [Council] team position her to contribute to the department’s energy and security missions in a major way, both domestically and internationally,” Moniz said.
Sherwood-Randall’s public service career centers on foreign affairs and defense policy and she has held advisory roles with then-Sen. Joe Biden and later with the Clinton and Obama administrations.
She was also an adjunct senior fellow for the non-profit Council of Foreign Relations for four years.
Before her Senate confirmation, Sherwood-Randall was with the National Security Council and served as White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction and arms control.
She graduated from Harvard University and earned her doctorate at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship.