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janine-bennerThe Oregon Department of Energy's director is Janine Benner.

Janine joined ODOE in February 2017 as our Assistant Director for Planning and Innovation, and was confirmed as director in February 2018. As director, she provides leadership and policy direction to the department’s 85 employees and oversees a $40 million operating budget. 

Janine came to ODOE from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she served as Associate Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the largest government funder of clean energy research and development. Before that, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in DOE’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Janine also spent 12 years working for Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), first as an energy and environmental policy advisor and then as deputy chief of staff. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, and has a degree in history from Princeton University​.

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