Dr. Johanna Wolfson is the Director of Technology-to-Market in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this position, she leads efforts to reduce barriers and inefficiencies in the U.S. innovation system in service of getting promising clean energy technologies to market. Existing efforts under Tech-to-Market help launch entrepreneurs and new businesses out of universities and National Labs, help support early-stage clean energy businesses with funding and incubator services, provide small businesses with technical support at National Labs, and position startup companies for scale-up. She is also responsible for developing new EERE programs in service of the Tech-to-Market mission, and for coordinating Tech-to-Market efforts across EERE’s technology offices.
Prior to EERE, Johanna was with the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Boston where she led TechBridge, an innovative program for cleantech startups that mitigates risk for investors and strategic partners via technical demonstration and validation. Previously, she served as the President of the MIT Science Policy Initiative, engaging scientists and engineers in the policy dialogue for R&D funding and better innovation models. Johanna has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from MIT, where she conducted research on photo-induced solid-state dynamics.