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Senior Executives Association names new leader

The Senior Executives Association has named Bill Valdez, a former Department of Energy official, to serve as the organization’s new president.

The Senior Executives Association has named Bill Valdez, a former Department of Energy official, to serve as the organization’s new president.

Bill Valdez, an SEA member who was elected to SEA’s board of directors in 2005, chaired the board from 2011 to 2013. In addition to serving as a senior executive at DOE, from which he retired in 2014 after more than 20 years of service, Valdez also served as a senior advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“Bill is an exemplary example of what SEA and the Senior Executive Service stand for,” said Board Chair Barbara Pabotoy. “His work at the Department of Energy led to his receipt of the Secretary’s Gold Medal as well as the prestigious honor of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. He upholds our core values of professional integrity and a strong commitment to public service, and we are thrilled to have him once again in a leadership role within the organization.”

Since his retirement, Valdez has worked as an energy, environment and science and technology policy advisor and consultant, and is an adjunct faculty member at American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Valdez will take over from SEA Legislative Director Jason Briefel, who has been serving as SEA interim president since February. 

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