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Kristen G. Wahl

Director, Sustainable Transportation Education and Partnerships (STEP) Department / Director, Energy Justice and Workforce Readiness Initiative


Kristen Wahl is the Director of Energy Justice & Workforce Readiness for the Advanced Energy Technologies Directorate (AET), where she works closely with Argonne senior leadership and staff as well as government and industry stakeholders, to plan and execute energy, equity, and environmental justice & workforce development activities, including efforts to expand the participation and benefits of Argonne’s programs to reach underrepresented minorities, women, and individuals in underserved and overburdened communities and efforts to reskill/upskill and train workers for the transition a clean energy and electric mobility. As the Department Director for Sustainable Transportation Education & Partnerships (STEP), Kristen also manages a portfolio of advanced mobility research, education, and workforce development programs and serves as the program director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) Program, North America’s premier training ground for future automotive leaders. 

Kristen has over 20 years of experience managing and executing the AVTC program and also serves as the chair of the program’s Executive Steering Committee and Faculty Advisory Board.