U.S. Department of Energy
Acting Assistant Secretary
Beth Urbanas is the Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Urbanas is responsible for managing DOE’s bilateral and multilateral engagement with international partners and oversees all international activity at the Department of Energy. Prior to her current position, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas as well as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the Office of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. In these roles she was responsible for DOE’s work in the G20 and G7, North Americans Leaders’ Summit, Energy and Climate Partnership of Americas, and APEC.
Prior to working at DOE, Ms. Urbanas spent 14 years at the U.S. Treasury Department where she created and directed the Office of Environment and Energy. She was also instrumental in the design of the Climate Investment Funds and the Green Climate Fund, where she represented the United States on the boards. She also represented the United States on the boards of several other international organizations including the Global Environment Facility, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the World Bank. Ms. Urbanas represented the United States in the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations from 2007 to 2013 in the finance channel. She started her career in investment management on Wall Street and has also held a staff position at the World Bank. Ms. Urbanas has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, and an M.B.A from George Mason University.