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About Us

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation supports the deployment of zero-emission, convenient, accessible, equitable transportation infrastructure—coordinating and leveraging activities between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The following people are key contacts for the Joint Office. To request technical assistance or ask a general question, contact us.

Leadership

Gabe Klein

Gabe Klein

Executive Director

Gabe Klein is the executive director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. Previously, he served as the Department of Transportation commissioner in Chicago and director in Washington, D.C., where he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people (versus cars) first on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest solar-powered bikeshare systems in the country and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshares and rideshares to support city mobility goals.

He honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, as vice president at Zipcar and national director of stores at Bikes USA. He also co-founded CityFi, a consulting firm to help city leaders, chief executive officers, and others understand the complexities of 21st century challenges, facilitate people-centric solutions, and use new models and technology-based tools to deliver optimized results. Clients ranged from foreign governments to cities, states, start-ups, and publicly traded companies.

In 2015, he published Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun. The book focuses on revamping how we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships as technology shapes a dramatically different future. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and an executive certificate in transportation/mobility management from The Wharton School. He also served on the 2020 Biden-Harris Agency Review Team for the U.S. Department of Transportation with a focus on innovation, including transportation electrification, and program delivery.

Rachael Nealer

Rachael Nealer

Deputy Director

Dr. Rachael Nealer is the deputy director for the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. She also chairs the Transportation Research Board’s Alternative Fuels and Technologies Committee. Throughout her career, she has focused on researching transportation as a system of systems and developing strategies around how to decarbonize transportation through technology development in concert with supporting policies.

Previously, she held various positions including deputy director of Transportation Technology and Policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and senior advisor and chief of staff for the U. S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, and Vehicle Technologies Offices. She has also worked in the non-profit sector, at the Union of Concerned Scientists, researching the lifetime environmental impacts of electric vehicles compared to gasoline vehicles. Before that, she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuels Standard Office.

She received her joint doctorate in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where she specialized in the lifecycle environmental impacts of transportation.

Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

Chief Technology Officer

Alex Schroeder is the chief technology officer for the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. When the Joint Office was originally launched, he served as the interim executive director, aligning resources and expertise across the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

He is on assignment from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he leads a research group that focuses on electric vehicle charging, grid integration, and commercial vehicle decarbonization. He has served in a variety of leadership roles at NREL ranging from transportation technology deployment to institutional planning and strategy. During that time, he helped conceptualize DOE’s Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Program and aligned efforts between DOE and DOT to accelerate transportation systems research. He also served as a senior advisor on innovation to DOT and was part of the team that supported the initial designation of alternative fuel corridors.

Prior to NREL, he spent the better part of a decade in state government in the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office and Western Governors’ Association, where he led programs related to transportation fuels and clean energy. An engineer and pilot by training, he has spent his career supporting research, policies, and programs that push past traditional boundaries in pursuit of outcomes that transcend organizations and magnify benefits. He holds a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Diane Turchetta

Diane Turchetta

Senior Advisor

Diane Turchetta serves as a senior advisor and liaison for activities between the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In this role, she provides technical assistance to state departments of transportation on implementing their National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure programs and working to resolve related policy and programmatic issues.

Previously, she was a transportation specialist in the FHWA Office of Natural Environment, primarily working on transportation and sustainability issues. She has been with the FHWA for over 20 years, working on transportation-related air quality matters including energy use, alternative fuels, and freight emissions. Before joining the U.S. Department of Transportation, she worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on fuel-related issues.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree, also in public administration, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Program Staff

Johanna Levene

Johanna Levene

Interim Technical/Equity Assistance and Capacity Building Team Lead

On detail from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Johanna Levene is the technical assistance lead for the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. In this role, she oversees the technical support provided to states as they implement the Biden/Harris administration’s goal of building a national network electric vehicle chargers.

She joined NREL in 2003 and manages a group of web developers, database administrators, and data analysts who build APIs and web-based tool platforms—including DriveElectric.gov, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and the NREL Developer Network that help transform mobility markets to be more sustainable.

She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical and petroleum refining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a master’s degree in geographic information science from the University of Denver.

Steve Lommele

Steve Lommele

Interim Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Steve Lommele is on detail to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this role, he leads communications and stakeholder engagement, supports technical assistance and capacity building, and collaborates with internal and external partners on workforce development priorities.

He joined NREL in 2008 and is a project leader in the Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. Previously, he led collaborative efforts with end-users of NREL and U.S. Department of Energy transportation and mobility research to deploy innovative solutions for advanced transportation projects, encompassing alternative fuels, mobility systems, electric vehicles, fleet operation, and transportation efficiency. He also worked with Clean Cities coalitions and other industry stakeholders on efforts related to the energy impacts of evolving transportation technologies, managed the Alternative Fueling Station Locator, and coordinated standards development for electric vehicle supply equipment data sharing.

Before joining NREL, he worked as an outreach and education field programs manager for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, where he traveled the country and worked with advocates and land managers in 43 states. He also spent six years working in public relations, supporting clients in the technology industry. He holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lissa Myers

Lissa Myers

Interim Program Evaluation/ Equity and Analysis Lead

Lissa Myers is on detail to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As such, she leads the development and deployment of an evaluation program for the Joint Office, as identified in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

She joined NREL in 2009, leading efforts to architect and implement sustainability- and transportation-related programs to optimize operations for the NREL campus. She also developed and managed a replicable process for data collection, management, and analysis to support climate adaptation and resilience, and led transportation infrastructure planning and related decision-making at NREL and other federal sites. She also has experience deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure and integrating smart-charge management practices with energy management systems in support of federal sustainability requirements and decarbonization efforts.

Before joining NREL, she worked in the private and non-profit sectors as a transportation planner advocating for, designing, and implementing alternative modes of transportation at the regional and state levels. She also has expertise managing large, multi-disciplinary project teams to deliver innovative solutions in complex, high-visibility projects. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, with an emphasis in urban planning, from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

John Smart

John Smart

Interim Guidance, Standards, and Requirements Lead

On assignment from Idaho National Laboratory (INL), John Smart is the acting program manager for the guidance, standards, and requirements team in the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.

Prior to joining the Joint Office, he led INL’s mobility systems and analytics group. During his 15-year tenure at INL, he formed and led cross-functional teams of experts in transportation, energy storage, power systems, cybersecurity, data science, and machine learning. As a business development leader, he led teams to foster successful partnerships with over 50 companies, ensuring that INL research benefitted industry, the government, and the nation. Before joining INL, he spent six years at Ford Motor Company, leading powertrain product development and manufacturing teams from multiple automakers and suppliers.

He is an accomplished technical leader and speaker, having authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports. He has given over 20 invited presentations at conferences and workshops and served as a technical adviser to the White House, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, and several private companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University.