Directorate Staff

Office of the Director

MARGARET DICK, Chief of Staff

DICKMargaret Dick is the Chief of Staff. A communications professional with a wide range of strategy, media, client relations, and business development skills, she previously served as executive director of Avoided Deforestation Partners, where she helped to build alliances among public and private sector organizations, convened international events that influenced global policy, and advised producers of major media projects on the critical links between protecting forests and fighting climate change. She also served as strategic communications director for Showtime’s climate change series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” with executive producer James Cameron. Previously, she was assistant professor of Communication at St. Mary’s College of California, and the University of San Francisco. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Purdue University, and a B.A. in Rhetoric from University of California Berkeley.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-4317

JO DEE WIDMAYER, Senior Administrator to Berkeley Lab’s Director

WIDMAYERJo Dee Widmayer serves as the Senior Administrator to Berkeley Lab’s Director, and also supports the Chief of Staff. Prior to this key role, she was the Senior Administrator to the Deputy Director, and before that served as an Administrator to the Chief Information Officer. Jo Dee has over 22 years of service with the University of California, including roles at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At LLNL, she served for 16 years as an Administrator, and was also Facility Security Officer at the LLNL-Los Angeles office. While at LLNL, she served in the science divisions, including the National Ignition Facility, the world’s largest laser. Jo Dee also has over 16 years of extensive private sector experience, including key executive administrative roles for the President of Honeywell International in the Silicon Valley and the Vice President of Franklin Templeton Investments.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-7195

Office of the Deputy Director for Research

BILL JOHANSEN, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Research

JOHANSENAs Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Research, Bill Johansen provides high-level managerial and administrative support to the Deputy Lab Director. Bill has a long history at the Lab; he first started working at LBNL in 1987 as a student assistant in the Technical Information Dept. when he was still in high school. While completing his undergraduate degree, Bill continued in various Lab positions until 1993, when he went to work first on Capitol Hill, and then later as Deputy Director for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. In 1996, Bill re-joined LBNL in the Life Sciences Division, taking on a series of roles that included Manager of the Biosciences Proposal Development Center, Senior Business Manager, and Division Deputy for Operations. From 2007-2009, Bill also served as the fourth Staff Advisor to the UC Board of Regents. He was named Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director in 2012. Bill has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.P.A. from California State University, East Bay.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-7294

KATHY PEZIRTZOGLOU, Senior Administrator to the Deputy Lab Director for Research

PEZIRTZOGLOUKathy Pezirtzoglou is the Senior Administrator to the Deputy Lab Director for Research and supports both the Deputy Director and his Senior Advisor. She comes to the Lab with extensive experience working for C-level executives both in the U.S. and abroad, for organizations such as the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Lone Star College System in Houston, Texas; and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and Artisti Italiani SA in Athens, Greece. Kathy holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Rowan University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-7603

DARREN HO, Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program Coordinator

HODarren Ho is the program coordinator for the Directed and Research and Development (LDRD) Program. The program funds cutting edge “proof of principle” projects to determine the utility of new scientific ideas, hypotheses, technical concepts, experimental facilities and devices. Previously Darren worked on several technical projects with the Lab’s Environmental Health and Safety, Computational Research, and NERSC Divisions as a project control engineer. Prior to that, he filled a similar position with Bechtel National, Inc. at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant-High Level Waste Facility in Richland, WA. Darren received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. To read further about LBNL’s LDRD program please visit:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-6143

Office of the Deputy Director for Operations

ELLEN FORD, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Lab Director for Operations and COO

FORDEllen Ford is the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Lab Director for Operations and COO. During 2016-2017, she served in interim roles as first the Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, and then as Chief of the newly established Projects and Construction Office. Prior to her current appointment, Ellen was the Chief Operating Officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute from 2007-2014. She joined LBNL in 2002 as the Business Manager for the Physical Biosciences Division, managing financial and administrative operations for the division. She was a key contributor to the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s proposal development and submission. During her time at LBNL, she has contributed to numerous initiatives that focused on the development and implementation of improved business practices and procedures, several of which were in partnership with UC Berkeley. Prior to her work at LBNL, Ellen was the Director of Corporate Operations for Gap, Inc.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-4905


BarnumMary Barnum serves as the Senior Administrator to the Deputy Lab Director for Operations and the Senior Advisor. She has over 15 years of service with the University of California, including key roles at UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor for Research Office, Dean’s Office in the College of Natural Resources, and University Development and Alumni Relations. Mary holds a B.S in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from John F. Kennedy University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-5345

Institutional Assurance

MEREDITH MONTGOMERY, Director of the Office of Institutional Assurance

MONTGOMERYAs the Lab’s Director of Institutional Assurance and Integrity, Meredith has more than 30 years of experience at LBNL. She started as an Administrator and then became a Business Manager for the Materials Sciences Division followed by a similar role in the Nuclear Sciences Division. Meredith served as Department Head for the former Administrative Services Department followed by seven years as the Investigations Group Leader for Internal Audit. She has served as the Research and Institutional Integrity Officer for the past several years. Meredith earned a BS in Psychology from Tulane University and an MBA with honors from St. Mary’s College of California.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-4453


IVY CLIFT, Chief Development Officer

CLIFTIvy Clift is Chief Development Officer, responsible for expanding the Lab’s philanthropic base of support. She also serves as the President of the Berkeley Lab Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 dedicated to raising funding for the Lab. Prior to her arrival at the Lab in 2015, Ivy was the assistant vice president of medical center development at Stanford for three years, where she helped lead the successful $1 billion campaign for Stanford Medicine. Prior to that, she was director of The Stanford Fund for four years, raising over $20 million annually for undergraduate students. Ivy has served the University of California in a number of roles, including as UC Berkeley’s assistant athletic director, and as UCSF’s development director for medical education. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of California Berkeley.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-7573

KRISTIN BALDER-FROID, Head of Strategic Development

FROIDAs Head of Strategic Development, Kristin Balder-Froid develops collaborative R&D initiatives for Berkeley Lab’s science and technology missions. Working closely with the Lab’s Deputy Director and scientific leadership, she uses her skills in planning, strategy, and project development to build programs that increase the impact of Berkeley Lab’s research with the private and public sectors. Kristin began her Laboratory career with the Nuclear Science Division and the Laboratory Director at Large, Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg. She helped start the Physical Biosciences Division, becoming its first Deputy of Strategic Planning and Development. In this role, she managed the winning bid for the Joint BioEnergy Institute and has since been instrumental in the success of multiple large-scale programs, including two DOE Energy Innovation Hubs. Prior to joining the Lab, Kristin managed the Center for the Molecular Biology of RNA at University of California Santa Cruz where she earned her degree.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-6060


JOHN ELLIOTT, Chief Sustainability Officer

ELLIOTTJohn Elliott is Chief Sustainability Officer, responsible for directing and implementing the Lab’s sustainability strategy. He has broad and detailed experience in building efficiency, building energy management, renewables, water efficiency, electric vehicles, employee engagement, waste diversion, and toxics reduction. He was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced, and has done prior work in energy efficiency program design, strategy consulting to utilities, leading a professional services software implementation practice active in the energy industry, consulting on efficiency and renewables to native American tribes, as well as doing groundwater modeling and work with soil and groundwater remediation systems. John draws on the local academic communities of Stanford and the Energy and Resources Group at University of California Berkeley, where he received undergraduate and masters degrees. See Sustainable Berkeley Lab at

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-7188

DEIRDRE CARTER, Energy and Sustainability Manager

CARTERDeirdre Carter, PE is the Energy and Sustainability Manager and is part of the Sustainable Berkeley Lab team working to minimize the Lab’s greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact. She is broadly responsible for understanding, analyzing, and reducing Berkeley Lab’s electricity, natural gas, and water consumption by implementing efficiency technologies and optimizing building system operations. She also tracks and reports Berkeley Lab’s progress towards achieving Federal and UC sustainability goals. Deirdre previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Taylor Engineering, an Energy Analyst at DPR Construction, and an Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti. She earned her M.S. from Stanford University and B.S.E. from Duke University, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer. See Sustainable Berkeley Lab at

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-4017

KAREN SALVINI, Sustainability Project Manager

SalviniKaren Salvini is Berkeley Lab’s Sustainability Project Manager. Karen works with stakeholders across the Lab to engage on projects with specific outcomes that contribute to the Lab’s aggressive sustainability goals. Karen has a diverse background in project and program management, sustainability and environment, information technology, communications, and organizational change management. Prior to joining the Sustainable Berkeley Lab team, Karen worked as a program manager in the Environmental Technologies Area, and led communications and change management for the Lab’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Before Berkeley Lab, Karen worked in marine research and policy at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Karen received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Wesleyan University, and her MBA at the University of California Berkeley. She is a LEED Accredited Professional. See Sustainable Berkeley Lab at

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-6771

BRIE FULTON, Sustainability Program Manager

SalviniBrie Fulton is a Sustainability Program Manager at the Berkeley Lab. She leads the development and implementation of the Lab’s waste diversion activities. Through engaging with staff to build partnerships, she also contributes towards achieving sustainability objectives such as climate and water conservation goals and increasing sustainable purchasing. Brie has a background helping organizations define and execute their sustainability strategy, foster employee engagement, as well as measure and communicate their environmental footprint. Brie has done this through roles including the Sustainability and Communications Manager at Straus Family Creamery and as a Sustainability Consultant for UL Environment and a variety of private, nonprofit, and government organizations. She earned her B. A. in Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio School of Management. See Sustainable Berkeley Lab at

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-918-3347

Government and Community Relations

DON MEDLEY, Head of the Government and Community Relations Office

MEDLEYDon Medley is Head of the Government and Community Relations Office, a role in which he serves as the Lab’s senior advisor on government and political issues and its chief liaison to the U.S. Congress. Prior to joining the Berkeley Lab team in 2003, Don practiced government relations within the high-tech industry and was a Legislative Assistant and Legislative Director for senior Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. Don earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama and received an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-6863

JENNIFER TANG, Manager for Federal and External Relations

TANGJennifer Tang is the Manager for Federal and External Relations at Berkeley Lab. As a member of the Lab’s Government and Community Relations team, she manages issues and projects in support of major Lab initiatives in collaboration with senior Lab officials and key scientific divisions. She also serves as the primary liaison to the California Congressional delegation’s state offices and to economic development, trade, and public policy organizations the Lab interfaces with. Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience in community relations, public policy, and communications. Prior to the Lab, Jennifer worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and California Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Fred Keeley. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of California Santa Cruz.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-6536


Evren Essner, Head of Protocol

evrenEvren Saraç Essner serves as Berkeley Lab’s Head of Protocol. She is a protocol, diplomacy and policy professional with international and Bay Area experience. Evren comes to us from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as an International Student Advisor for the past five years, engaging and guiding UC Berkeley’s international student and scholar population on matters pertaining to U.S. immigration regulations, UC Berkeley and Berkeley International Office’s policies and procedures. Prior to her UCB role, she worked for more than three years as a policy, external relations and protocol professional at the United Nations – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), supporting Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the IAEA and the recipient of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In her spare time, Evren consults with Protocol Professionals, Inc., a Bay Area-based, global business- and international-relations consulting firm. Originally from Turkey, Evren has worked and lived in the United States, Austria and France. She has a B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-495-2948

Kevin Gifford-Tinker, Protocol Specialist

KevinKevin Gifford-Tinker serves as the Protocol Specialist at Berkeley Lab. With the Protocol Officer, he plans, organizes, and facilitates high-level meetings and events for the Lab Directorate. Prior to joining the Lab, Kevin served as Director of Embassy Relations and Protocol at Special Olympics World Games, where he coordinated the visits of numerous dignitaries and thousands of guests from 170 countries to the Los Angeles area for the event. Previously, Kevin served as Assistant to the Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, where he organized monthly events for international and local dignitaries and helped expand the organization’s brand within the diplomatic community. Kevin also has many years of expertise in customer satisfaction research in various industries. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from USC and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Pepperdine University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 510-486-5859

Berkeley Lab’s Institutional Committees

Laboratory Professional Awards Committee

The Laboratory Professional Awards Committee, reporting to Berkeley Lab’s Deputy Laboratory Director for Research, seeks and publicizes outside recognition of Laboratory scientific and technical staff. To this end, it promotes awareness of awards at the Laboratory, advises the Laboratory Director and Deputy Director for Research on strategies for awards, and encourages coordination and cooperation among divisions and with the University in nominating candidates for awards. Members are drawn from scientific divisions and the Lab Directorate, and are appointed by the Deputy Director for Research.

Laboratory Staff Committee

The Laboratory Staff Committee (LSC) acts as an advisory council to the Laboratory Directorate on matters concerning Berkeley Lab’s scientific staff. An example would be on the development and review of the criteria required for a researcher to be considered for a career staff position.

During the hiring and promotion processes of Divisional Fellows, Senior Scientists, and Distinguished Scientists, the LSC works with the Divisions, offers advice, tries to ensure that all procedures are followed correctly, and identifies any areas of concern. The LSC meets to discuss the quality of the candidate and the strength of the case that is being presented. An advisory vote is taken and this, along with any additional suggestions and comments, is passed onto the Deputy Laboratory Director for Research for consideration. The intention is to maintain the highest standards and to ensure that the senior scientific staff at the Laboratory are among the very best in the World.

When it is necessary for a Reduction in Force that includes Senior Scientists, the LSC has the primary role of acting as an advocate for the scientist. It reviews the case, makes sure the Division and Laboratory are acting appropriately, and that every effort is being made to help the scientist.


ROAD meets monthly and works to build a community of knowledge for development planning, strategies, and practices that can help establish conduits with new sponsors, create more efficient and effective outcomes, and introduce new modes of funding and partnering to Berkeley Lab’s world leading research portfolio. This includes activities such as:

  • Sharing ideas for – and good practices of – research development activities, including visioning, collaboration, communication, messaging, and measuring success;
  • Developing enterprise-level tools and frameworks for collaboration, managing institutional and sponsor relationships, and exploring possible new synergies in the public and private sectors;
  • Assessing lab-wide development policies and processes and delivering recommendations for consideration by senior lab leadership; and
  • Advising and supporting cross-laboratory research development activities.

ROAD’s membership is drawn from senior development and operations staff who in turn report to senior laboratory leadership. Current members include:

  • Kristin Balder-Froid, Strategic Development Office, Laboratory Directorate (co-chair)
  • Katy Christiansen, Biosciences
  • Ivy Clift, Berkeley Lab Foundation (co-chair)
  • Ali Douraghy, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Ellen Ford, Operations (Michelle Flynn, Acting)
  • Peter Nugent, Computing Sciences
  • Elsie Quaite-Randall, Innovation and Partnerships Office
  • David Skinner, NERSC
  • Thomas Schenkel, Physical Sciences
  • Melissa Summers, Energy Sciences
  • Alecia Ward, Energy Technologies
  • John Valentine, Homeland and National Security

The Space and Infrastructure Governance Board

The Space and Infrastructure Governance Board (SIGB) is chaired by Berkeley Lab’s Deputy Laboratory Director for Research and is comprised of the Associate Laboratory Directors. SIGB reviews proposals for new and revised division space allocations and assignments that extend outside a particular Laboratory directorate, and makes recommendations to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations, who is the deciding official.

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