ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Marc Cummings

Marc Cummings

Director, Policy & External Affairs, Battelle & Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mr. Cummings is the Director of Policy & External Affairs for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Battelle manages over 20,000 employees and $4 billion in R&D activities globally.  PNNL has a business volume of over $1 billion annually and more than 4,300 staff members focused on advancing the frontiers of science and solving some of our nation’s most complex challenges in energy, the environment, and national security.  His responsibilities include external relations, legislative affairs, regional partnerships, and corporate philanthropy.

Mr. Cummings’ primary areas of policy expertise include energy, economic development, and innovation policy.  He serves on a number if influential business and technology boards in Washington State including the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) boards.  Mr. Cummings was recently appointed by Gov. Gregoire to Co-Chair the Washington State Clean Energy Leadership Council.  Previously, he served as a loaned executive to help launch the Washington State Economic Development Commission.  Due to Battelle’s strong philanthropic commitment to math and science education, he also works closely with state leaders in the area of education reform.

Prior to joining Battelle, Mr. Cummings held a variety of policy and consulting positions in Washington, DC focused on innovation, high-tech business climate issues, and public-private partnerships.  Most recently, Marc directed Federal Government Affairs for CGI-AMS.  Prior to that, he directed a public sector consulting practice at Infotech Strategies.  His experience also includes serving as a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Cummings holds a M.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a B.S. degree from the University of Puget Sound.  Mr. Cummings lives in Kenmore, WA with his wife Angela and two sons.  He is an avid waterskier and tennis player.

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