Dr. Rachael Nealer is Chief of Staff for the three Sustainable Transportation offices — the Bioenergy Technologies Office, Fuel Cell Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office — in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Before her current role, Dr. Nealer was a manager in the Vehicle Technologies Office, managing a portfolio of research and development that spans transportation systems modeling and produces publicly available transportation data and modeling and analysis done at DOE, the national labs and beyond.
Previously, Dr. Nealer worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists researching the environmental impacts of electric vehicles compared to gasoline vehicles over their life. Prior to UCS she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Renewable Fuels Standard office. She received her joint Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where she specialized in lifecycle environmental impacts of transportation.