- The Indian American is among a group of new appointees to help advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda to combat climate change, create good-paying jobs, and win the clean energy future for all Americans.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed Indian American Arpita Bhattacharyya as chief of staff in the office of the deputy secretary, led by David Turk. Her appointment on July 14 is part of an effort at the DOE “to help advance President Biden’s ambitious Build Back Better agenda to combat climate change, create good-paying jobs, and win the clean energy future for all Americans,” the White House said.
“DOE is thrilled to welcome these extraordinary individuals who are committed to championing climate solutions and delivering on President Biden’s promise of a more prosperous, equitable clean energy future,” said Chief of Staff Tarak Shah. “Their talent and innovative spirit are invaluable to our success and making our clean energy future a reality.”
Most recently, Bhattacharyya led strategic projects at Impossible Foods, working to bring low-emission food technology to market. She previously worked at SunPower, developing commercial solar projects for Fortune 500 companies and later leading the Channel Project Development and Finance team.
Before joining SunPower, she was a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, working with former EPA Administrator Carol Browner on both international and domestic energy and climate policy. She led the India program on Climate and Energy, publishing over 20 original reports and analyses. Bhattacharyya was also a consultant for CAP’s Climate, Migration, and Security project, researching in India and Bangladesh on the impact of climate change on migration and security in the region.
She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Carleton College.
During her time at Yale, Bhattacharyya worked on the Global Network for Advanced Management online course, “Natural Capital Managing Risks and Capturing Opportunities in Global Resource Systems.”