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Odette Mucha is a federal Technology Manager on the Soft Costs team. She serves as the project manager for the $12 million Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding program, which is creating solar training for veterans, the solar workforce, power systems engineers, architects, real estate professionals, and state policymakers. She also leads the Solar in Your Community Challenge, which is a $5 million prize competition to support low income solar projects and programs across America. Finally, she facilitates the management of the $25 million portfolio of soft costs projects at our national labs. Prior to SETO, she worked for two years in EERE Operations and Stakeholder Engagement.
Before DOE, Odette was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the White House's Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw a $1.5 billion budget on transportation safety and sustainability. There, she helped to review the new CAFE Standards, oversaw pipeline safety, and the DOT's sustainability efforts. Odette started her career as a grassroots environmental organizer, generating public support for stronger mercury pollution standards, climate change legislation, and protection of the Gulf of Mexico. She also served as a media spokesperson for the Sierra Club.
Odette has a master's degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a B.A. in government and French from Cornell University.