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Transportation Leader Roots Career in True Grit

08/15/2014 3:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

​In 1994, Wendy Dafoe clocked in as a temp at Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and began work on what would become the Energy Department's Clean Cities Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC). Twenty years later, Dafoe is still here, but in a full-time capacity as senior project leader helping steer the program. Some would call it commitment, some would point to a planetary alignment—but others might suspect it has something to do with the true grit Dafoe developed in her time with the mining industry.

Dafoe interprets it as kismet, saying: "Somehow, I lucked into connecting with Clean Cities, and the program has become an incredible success story for EERE. Since its inception, the leadership at Clean Cities has steered the program to build an impressive network of coalitions who establish public-private partnerships, leading to exponential growth."

In her current role, Dafoe works closely with the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) staff to advance the Clean Cities sustainable transportation mission. This June, the Energy Department recognized Dafoe with an award at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings for her long-lasting commitment to advancing the Clean Cities mission. The ceremony spotlighted her early efforts in establishing the AFDC as EERE's most popular website, building Clean Cities' national network of coalitions, and forging public-private partnerships. This was a follow-up to her 2009 Lifetime Appreciation Award from the Clean Cities program.

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Source: NREL


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