Meet Fermilab’s new chief strategic partnerships officer

Alison Markovitz

Alison Markovitz joins Fermilab today as the laboratory’s first chief strategic partnerships officer. In this new role, Markovitz will lead externally focused activities that are key to Fermilab’s success, including two international groups supporting the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, the laboratory’s government relations activities, and the Office of Communication.

Markovitz will chair the LBNF/DUNE Resources Review Board, composed of international funding agencies that sponsor LBNF and DUNE. She also will lead a new LBNF/DUNE cost group that will independently assess the cost and schedule of international contributions. And she will oversee two laboratory functions that play strategic roles in supporting Fermilab’s mission: government relations and communications.

Markovitz is no stranger to the DOE national laboratories. Prior to joining Fermilab, she served for three years as senior advisor to the energy secretary, focusing on the national laboratories and DOE operations. As part of that role, she established and served as director of the Laboratory Operations Board, which led DOE’s efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness in areas that impact the national labs. Through the Laboratory Operations Board, Markovitz also headed an effort that transformed the way DOE manages its vast infrastructure portfolio spanning its labs, plants, and Environmental Management sites, and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional investments.

“Alison brings a wealth of high-level governmental experience from her time working with two former energy secretaries and in the White House,” said Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer. “We’re looking forward to learning from her and benefiting from her having seen the labs from a different perspective.”

Prior to her roles as senior advisor and director of the Laboratory Operations Board, Markovitz held several other leadership positions within DOE, served as a deputy associate counsel at the White House, and worked as a lawyer in private practice. She holds a degree from Yale Law School.

“Leading the Laboratory Operations Board gave me an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges faced by the national laboratories across the DOE complex,” Markovitz said. “I am very much looking forward to joining Fermilab as it hosts the largest global physics project in the United States to date. I am also eager to begin working closely with the many international partners that are coming together as part of LBNF and DUNE. Fermilab has a bright future, and I am excited to help create it.”

Katie Yurkewicz is the Fermilab assistant director for communications.