Senior Advisor for Northern California Operations, LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
Jetta Wong has more than 14 years of experience developing policies that support energy and environment technologies. She is currently a consultant working to develop strategic partnerships for her clients that bring new clean energy technologies to the market. One of her main clients is the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Jetta is LACI’s representative in the cleantech ecosystem of northern California. Her objective is to coordinate engagement with entrepreneurs, funders, investors, R&D institutions, and governmental organizations. Prior to consulting, Wong established the Office of Technology Transitions for the United States Department of Energy in 2015 and served as its first Director. In that capacity, she assisted the private sector, state and local governments, universities, laboratories and other stakeholders engage with the Department on the commercialization of new technology. Wong also co-chaired the White House’s National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market initiative focused on creating economic impact from Federally-funded R&D. She joined the Department in July of 2012 in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she worked on clean energy manufacturing and led the office’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative. Before joining the Department of Energy, Wong worked for the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she developed a love and strong respect for the important role that science and technology play in solving the world’s energy, environment, national security and economic challenges. Here, she helped establish and oversee energy and environment programs of the federal government. Before working for Congress, Wong worked for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). At both organizations she had the opportunity to work across a wide spectrum of stakeholders developing policies that promote renewable energy technologies. Wong’s career in energy started in Uzbekistan, where she was a natural resources consultant. Wong holds an MPS in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and B.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan. In Jetta’s free time you can find her hiking, skiing, and gardening.