June 25, 2019: Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announced that Steve Chalk has joined the firm as a Vice President. Chalk previously served in the Department of Energy (DOE) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for both Renewable Power and Energy Efficiency.
“Steve is a preeminent leader in the federal government’s clean energy investment strategy,” said SMI Chief Operating Officer Bill McCann. “We anticipate that Steve’s experience, insight and leadership will provide incredible value to our energy clients. We are thrilled that Steve is joining our team.”
Mr. Chalk is most well-known from his services at the DOE. In addition to his most recent roles, he also served as DAS for Sustainable Transportation, twice as DAS for Renewable Energy, and DAS for Operations. As Chief Operating Officer in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, he directed the largest one-time clean energy investment in history under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As Acting Assistant Secretary, he led the Presidential transitions from President Bush to President Obama and then to President Trump for DOE’s $2B annual investment in efficiency and renewable technologies. For his exceptional work as a federal executive, Mr. Chalk received three Presidential Rank Awards.
Prior to the DOE, Mr. Chalk designed, manufactured, and tested new rocket motors, propellants and explosives for the United States Navy.
Mr. Chalk earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University.
Founded in 1993, Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) has been the premier choice in Washington for companies, universities, nonprofits, and industry associations seeking enhanced strategies for technology development and enterprise growth. Representing over seventy clients nationwide, SMI combines both lobbying and government affairs support with technical consulting services.