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 an international group supporting the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and the Office of Communication. She will also chair the DUNE Resources Review Board, composed of international funding agencies that sponsor DUNE.

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 DUNE. Fermilab has a bright future, and I am excited to help create it.”

Katie Yurkewicz is the Fermilab assistant director for communications.