SEA Names New President
Today, the Senior Executives Association (SEA) announced Bill Valdez, a former Department of Energy (DOE) Senior Executive and former Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as the organization’s new President.
“Bill is an exemplary example of what SEA and the Senior Executive Service (SES) stand for,” said SEA 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.”
Valdez originally joined SEA in 2000 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005. He went on to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2011-2013 before retiring from the federal government in 2014 after more than twenty years of service at DOE.
Among his numerous roles at DOE, he served as: Acting Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity; Director of Business Services, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Director of Planning and Analysis and Director for Workforce Development in the Office of Science.
Jason Briefel, who has served in dual roles Interim President and Legislative Director since February, said, “As SEA continues to evolve and grow, it has been an honor and pleasure to serve as the Interim President. Under Bill’s leadership, I look forward to further working to advance the needs of our membership and continuing to fight for effective and efficient government practices that enable the delivery of essential government services.”
Pabotoy thanked Briefel, who will continue in his role as the Legislative Director, for his service to the Association, stating, “his knowledge of the legislative and political landscape [has] brought a keen comprehension of successful strategic planning and implementation that will compliment Bill’s experience in the Federal community.”
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