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Argonne National Laboratory names first Office of Community Engagement director

Robyn Wheeler Grange brings to the role 20-plus years of experience working within the Chicago regional community.

Argonne created the Office of Community Engagement in 2022 to enhance its local, state and regional community outreach and engagement efforts.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announced today that Robyn Wheeler Grange will serve as the first director of the lab’s Office of Community Engagement.

Having launched Argonne’s first-ever Office of Community Engagement last year, we are thrilled to now have Robyn in place as its leader,” said Argonne Laboratory Director Paul Kearns. Argonne has a proud history of community engagement, but this office brings more structure and intentionality to our efforts. We believe it will increase our impact.”

I think this office provides a strong framework for the inclusive and collaborative advancement of science and technology in communities.” — Robyn Wheeler Grange

Grange brings to the role a wealth of experience and relationships built 20-plus years working within the Chicago regional community.

Argonne created the Office of Community Engagement in 2022 to enhance its local, state and regional community outreach and engagement efforts. The office supports the laboratory’s efforts to:

  • Extend benefits from Argonne’s capabilities and resources to more communities, including those who have historically been underserved. 
  • Advance science and technology through expanded collaborations. 
  • Accelerate the transfer of technologies invented at Argonne to industry and other partners for U.S. economic prosperity. 
  • Build the workforce of the future to maintain U.S. competitiveness.

I am excited and honored to serve in this role,” Grange said. I think this office provides a strong framework for the inclusive and collaborative advancement of science and technology in communities.”

From 2020 to 2023, Grange served as Head of State, Local and Regional Public Affairs and Outreach at Argonne. Prior to joining Argonne, Grange served in various roles, including district director for the Office of U.S. Representative Bobby Rush in Illinois’ 1st Congressional District, director of communications for the United Way of Central Illinois, and director of the Office of University Relations at Chicago State University. 

As OCE director, Grange will be available to partners via the Argonne in Chicago office in the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, as well as Argonne’s main campus in Lemont, Illinois.