Kristine Svinicki is an internationally recognized policy expert and innovator with over 30 years of public service at the state and federal levels of government. A battle-tested leader, she has a demonstrated record of success gathering diverse coalitions to move solutions to our most complex energy, environmental, and security challenges from concept to reality. She is firmly convinced that diversity in all forms – thought, experience, perspective, and background – is essential to pushing past outmoded paradigms and creating a global energy future that can improve the standard of living of every human citizen.
Appointed to her role by three successive United States presidents, Svinicki was the longest-serving member of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC) in the agency’s history, having stepped down as Chairman in early 2021. Prior to her appointment to the U.S. NRC, Svinicki served as an expert and policy advisor for over a decade to members of the United States Senate on subjects ranging from energy to national security. She previously managed nuclear research and development programs at the U.S. Department of Energy and worked as an energy analyst for the State of Wisconsin.
Svinicki holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, where she currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences in the College of Engineering. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of Southern Company and Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. She holds a CERT Cybersecurity Oversight Certification from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. She was selected as a Brookings Institution Fellow in 1997 and as a John C. Stennis Congressional Fellow of the 108th U.S. Congress.
She volunteers as Chair of the American Nuclear Society International Council, as Member of the Idaho National Laboratory Nuclear Science and Technology Strategic Advisory Committee, and as Expert Committee Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Assessing and Improving Strategies for Preventing, Countering, and Responding to Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism – Nuclear Threats.