Photo of ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Jennifer Gerbi
Dr. Jennifer Gerbi
Acting Director

Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, Acting Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), leads the Agency’s development, launch, and execution of high-risk, high-reward energy R&D programs.

ARPA-E Deputy Director for Operations Shane Kosinski
Shane Kosinski
Deputy Director for Operations

Shane Kosinski is the Deputy Director for Operations for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight and operations of the mission of ARPA-E as well as all ARPA-E programs.

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Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli
Associate Director for Technology & Program Director

Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli currently serves as the Associate Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). In this role, Dr. Kizilyalli supports the Deputy Director for Technology in oversight of all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs as well as assisting with program development, Program Director and Fellow recruitment, and coordinating project management across the Agency.

ARPA-E Associate Director for Technology-to-Market James Zahler
Dr. James Zahler
Associate Director for Technology-to-Market

Dr. James Zahler currently serves as the Associate Director for Technology-to-Market (T2M) at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he is responsible for commercial transition of funded technologies. 

Headshot of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. David Babson
Dr. David Babson
Program Director

Dr. David Babson currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E). His focus at ARPA-E includes bioenergy, agricultural systems innovation, and carbon management.

ARPA-E Contracting Officer Mary Barnes
Mary Barnes
Contracting Officer

Mary Barnes currently serves as a Contracting Officer at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). As a Contracting Officer, Barnes is responsible for awarding and administering financial assistance awards and contracts in accordance with federal laws and regulations. Prior to ARPA-E, Barnes served as a Contracting Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services. 

ARPA-E Chief Counsel William Bierbower
William Bierbower
Chief Counsel

William Bierbower is ARPA-E’s Chief Counsel. Before joining ARPA-E, Bierbower served as Chief Counsel at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Bierbower also served as Lead Counsel for NASA’s Directorates for Exploration Systems and Science Missions at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as senior attorney at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Photo of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Olga Blum Spahn
Dr. Olga Blum Spahn
Program Director

Dr. Olga Blum Spahn currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Her focus at ARPA-E is on grid resiliency, power management and distribution, aviation and instrumentation for harsh environments leveraging optical and semiconductor device technologies.

Headshot of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Halle Cheeseman
Dr. Halle Cheeseman
Program Director

Dr. Halle Cheeseman is a Program Director at ARPA-E with a focus on batteries and other electrochemical devices.

Nicole Clopton - Lead Grants Management Specialist at ARPA-E
Nicole Clopton
Lead Grants Management Specialist

Nicole Clopton currently serves as a Lead Grants Management Specialist at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Clopton performs cradle-to-grave administration of cooperative agreements as well as other financial assistance and acquisition awards. Prior to ARPA-E, Clopton served as a Federal Grants Contracts Manager at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.