Melanie Kenderdine, Principal of the Energy Futures Initiative, headed the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis from 2013 to 2017, and served concurrently as Energy Counselor to the Secretary.
In her capacity as energy counselor to the Secretary, Ms. Kenderdine provided key strategic advice on a broad range of DOE issues, including Mission Innovation, a global initiative supporting transformational clean energy RD&D; North American grid integration and security; and the modernization of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Prior to her service at DOE, Ms. Kenderdine helped to establish the MIT Energy Initiative and served as its Executive Director. During her six years at MITEI, she managed a large research and administrative staff, was a member of the research team for MIT’s Future of Natural Gas Study, and edited the MIT Future of the Electric Grid study.
Ms. Kenderdine previously served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute from 2001 to 2007. She was a political appointee in President Bill Clinton’s administration from 1993 to 2001, where she served in several key posts at DOE, including Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, Director of the Office of Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.