Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall has been tapped to take on the deputy secretary role at the Energy Department, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
David Sanger writes that she would succeed Daniel Poneman, who has served for five years as the agency’s number two.
Sherwood-Randall holds a background in nuclear defense and nonproliferation policies and strategies from her previous work with the National Security Council.
The report said that Sherwood-Randall will, if confirmed, take leadership over development of a nuclear weapons complex, upgrades to the nation’s nuclear labs and weapons and policy negotiations on the fracking industry.
Sherwood-Randall received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.