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Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups have the pulse of their community and their constituents and work with management to develop and execute recommendations to solve mission related problems before they become large-scale issues.

Employee Resource Groups have the pulse of their community and their constituents and work with management to develop and execute recommendations to solve mission related problems before they become large-scale issues.

Employee Resource Groups are a critical link between employees and senior management, connecting a diverse array of backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences to the Department’s diversity managers, Human Capital staff, and key decision-makers.  They support the personal growth and professional development of their members and they help develop programs and learning opportunities not only for themselves but for the rest of the workforce.

Employee Resource Groups have the pulse of their community and their constituents and work with management to develop and execute recommendations to solve mission related problems before they become large-scale issues. 

The Department of Energy supports participation in employee resource groups as a way to cultivate a supportive, welcoming, inclusive and equitable work environment.

Headquarters employees interested in receiving more information about employee resource groups should contact the group directly, using the information below.  Field employees should contact the relevant Diversity Program Manager at their site.  

For general inquiries about the Department’s existing employee resource groups please contact Michael Colbert, Office of Diversity & Inclusion at 202-586-1981. To learn about the requirements for starting a new group, check out the guidelines here.

Current Groups

  • Blacks in Government (BIG)
    • Vera Dunemore,  202-586-4047
  • Disability Employment Task Force
    • Vacant
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Network
    • The Energy Asian American Pacific Islander Network is official DOE affinity group that serves as a focal point and advocate for DOE AAPI Federal staff. The Department of Energy (DOE) was selected as one of 23 Federal agencies to assist the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAPPI), in its efforts to address issues Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face daily. As a result, we have formed an official DOE AAPI affinity group called the “Energy Asian American and Pacific Islander Network” (AAPIN) to serve as a focal point and advocate for DOE AAPI staff.
      • Ming Zhu, 301-903-9240
  • Federally Employed Women (FEW)
    • Brenda Waters, 202-586-3173
  • Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees (GLOBE)
    • DOE GLOBE is an employee resource group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) employees as well as their straight friends and allies. While this is an LGBTQ-focused group, everyone is welcome; all that is required is an open mind and a desire to belong.
  • Community for the Advancement of Latinas at DOE (CALDOE)
    • Amanda Quinones, 202-586-0691
  • Native American Employees
    • Vacant 
  • Veterans Task Force
    • Vacant
  • Women's Affinity Group
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day coordinator
    • Vacant