Daniel Poneman has served as Deputy Secretary of Energy since 2009. As he prepares to leave office (October 2, 2014), he visited the Wilson Center to provide context on U.S. energy needs and the policies designed to meet them.

Daniel B. Poneman was nominated by President Obama to serve as Deputy Secretary of Energy on April 20, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 2009. Under the leadership of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Mr. Poneman also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Department. Between April 23, 2013, and May 21, 2013, Mr. Poneman served as Acting Secretary of Energy. He first joined the Department of Energy in 1989 as a White House Fellow. The next year he joined the National Security Council staff as Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control.