WASHINGTON, March 21, 2024 __ SMI has added more firepower to its leading clean energy practice with Vice President Dave Howell, who most recently stood up the Department of Energy’s multi-billion-dollar Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains.

Howell led DOE efforts to disburse historic levels of investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to catalyze the industrial base and secure domestic clean energy supply chains and manufacturing.

He was also the founding chair of the U.S. Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB) that coordinates government-wide investments to establish a domestic supply of lithium batteries.

“Dave is an incredible addition to SMI’s clean energy technology and industrial base practice area,” said SMI President and CEO Bill McCann. “Dave brings a career of distinguished service and experience in federal support for clean energy development, including his last role at DOE where he was responsible for executing over $20 billion of direct investment in energy manufacturing and workforce development.”

Howell has more than three decades of experience executing complex government research and development and manufacturing programs, ranging from high-capacity batteries to critical minerals, electric vehicle drive systems, autonomous vehicles, and advanced structures.

His previous assignments included director of DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office, a member of the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the U.S. Air Force’s program manager for Advanced Materials for Space Structures.

Howell joins a highly sought after energy team at SMI with a deep network of government and private sector expertise.

He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Founded in 1993, SMI has been the premier choice in Washington for companies, universities, nonprofits, and industry associations for federal marketing and lobbying services focused on national security, defense, clean energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and research and development.