LLNS Board of Governors
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) is managed by a board of governors, a group of key scientific, academic, national security and business leaders from the LLNS partner companies.
LLNS’ management team includes Bechtel National, Inc., the University of California, Babcock and Wilcox Company, Washington Division of URS Corporation and Battelle Memorial Institute.
The board was created to provide oversight to the Laboratory and ensure LLNS delivers the best combination of scientific research and development, business management and operations, national security and nuclear safety in support of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s missions.
Norman J. Pattiz is a Regent of the University of California and chairs the Regents’ Committee on Oversight of the Department of Energy Laboratories for Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Pattiz also chairs the Board of Governors of Los Alamos National Security, LLC. He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Westwood One. He currently serves as the Chairman of Courtside Entertainment Group, which produces and finances multi-platform programming for media outlets worldwide. In 2000, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) of the United States of America, the federal agency that oversees all U.S. non-military, international broadcasting. After his reappointment by President Bush, Pattiz focused on the Middle East creating Arabic language television and radio services reaching all 22 countries in the Middle East. Through his participation on the BBG, Pattiz played an important role in the nation’s public diplomacy efforts. He continues that role as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Relations. In 2009, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and received the Giants of Broadcasting Award from the Library of American Broadcasting.
Craig M. Albert is President of Bechtel Systems & Infrastructure, Inc. (BSII) and Senior Vice President of Bechtel Group, Inc. He also serves as vice chair of the Board of Governors at Los Alamos National Security. Craig began his career in 1985 with Westinghouse Electric Corporation as an engineer and was later appointed Manager of Business Development for Westinghouse's Government Business. In 1998 he joined Bechtel National, Inc. in a senior business development position focused on defense and environmental programs. Subsequent positions included Project Manager at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant Project, Bechtel's Elm Road Generating Station Project, Bechtel's Queensland Curtis Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Project off the coast of eastern Australia, and Operations Manager of the Bechtel Nuclear Power Business Line. He was appointed President of BSII in January, 2011.
Steven Beckwith is the University of California’s vice president for research and graduate studies. He is director emeritus of the Space Telescope Science Institute and a professor of physics and astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University’s Space Telescope Science Institute. He served as the managing director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany, and was a professor in the astronomy department at Cornell University.
Kimberly S. Budil is the vice president laboratory management, University of California Office of the President (UCOP). Kim Budil was appointed by The Regents of the University of California as Vice President for Laboratory Management in April 2014, effective May 1. Budil is responsible for the University's management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She serves as an Executive Committee Governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL.In addition, she is a member of the LBNL Advisory Board and chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council. Budil has 27 years of scientific research and management experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) across a wide range of Laboratory programs, including Global Security, Weapons and Complex Integration, the National Ignition Facility, and Physical and Life Sciences. Prior to her current leadership role with the UC Office of the President (UCOP), Budil was the LLNL Program Manager of the Nuclear Counterterrorism Program in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL.
Bob DeGrasse is Vice President and Manager for Government Affairs with Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), responsible for government relations and congressional affairs related to BNI's work in nuclear and homeland security, ballistic missile defense and naval reactors. He has more than 25 years of government experience, most recently serving as the Staff Lead for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, acting Chief Operating Officer of the NNSA, and Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for NNSA's Defense Programs. He holds a Master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University.
John P. Howanitz is the general manager of Nuclear Security & Operations for Bechtel National, Inc., and oversees a portfolio of government projects that includes management and operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Pantex Plant. He has responsibility for project performance and customer satisfaction and shares in the accountability of winning new work in the business line. He has over 29 years with Bechtel, where he has gained extensive program and project management, site management, construction, and nuclear operations experience.
DonalD J. Kintzer is currently associated with Korora Partners, a Silicon Valley based consulting company focused on general business advisory and executive coaching/mentoring services. He retired as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), the global accounting/consulting organization, in 2008, after an association of over 31 years. Prior to his retirement, he was the leader of PwC's West Region Advisory practice, including the San Francisco/Silicon Valley markets and was a member of PwC's national leadership team. Mr. Kintzer is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California (inactive) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and the California Society of CPAs. He currently serves as a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contract Assurance Council, the West Coast Advisory Council for Lafayette College, and the Forensic Advisory Board for Golden Gate University’s School of Accounting.
Steven Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the "living laboratory" of New York City. Prior to his NYU appointment, Dr. Koonin served as the second Under Secretary for Science at the US Department of Energy from May 2009 thru November 2011. In that capacity, he oversaw technical activities across the Department's science, energy, and security activities and led the Department's first Quadrennial Technology for energy. Before joining the government, Koonin spent 5 years as Chief Scientist for BP, plc. where he played a central role in establishing the Energy Biosciences Institute. Koonin was a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech from 1975-2006 and was the Institute's Provost for almost a decade. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the JASON advisory group. Koonin holds a BS in Physics from Caltech and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from MIT (1975) and is an adjunct staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses.
Robert McQuinn currently provides executive leadership to improve performance across URS U.S. Operations ($4B/year) at 14 separate sites (10,000 employees). He represents URS to DOE-HQ and DNFSB. McQuinn created and implemented a performance assurance system with metrics, corrective action management, lessons learned and best practices that integrates multiple site contract assurance systems. He is recognized for his leadership ability to create and sustain high-performance organizations throughout his 35 years in nuclear and high-hazard operations. He merged 3 troubled organizations into LANL nuclear and high-hazard operations (NHHO) and turned them around, absorbing a $300M scope increase in 3 years and saving >$10M/year. McQuinn has led the largest U-235 and Pu-239 chemical processing plants in the U.S. at SRS, Hanford and Los Alamos.
Richard Mies is the CEO of The Mies Group, Ltd. and provides strategic planning and risk assessment advice and assistance to clients on international security, energy, defense, and maritime issues. A distinguished graduate of the Naval Academy, he completed a 35-year career as a nuclear submariner in the US Navy and commanded US Strategic Command for four years prior to retirement. Admiral Mies served as a Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks and Associates, Inc, a subsidiary of SAIC. He also served as the Chairman of the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and as the Chairman of the Board of the Navy Mutual Aid Association. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group of US Strategic Command and Chairman of the Naval Submarine League. He is a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Boards of Governors of Los Alamos National Security and Lawrence Livermore National Security, and a member of the Board of Directors of Babcock and Wilcox, Exelon, and the US Naval Academy Foundation. Admiral Mies completed post-graduate education at Oxford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Harvard University. He holds a Masters degree in government administration and international relations.
Robert Powell is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of Food Science and Technology at the University of California (UC) Davis. He joined the UC Davis College of Engineering in 1984. Powell served as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from 2002 to 2011. He was Special Assistant to the Provost from 1996 to 1999, and served as Chair of the Planning Committee and Executive Committee of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. He has been an active member of the UC Davis Academic Senate since 1988. From 2008-2011 he was the Chair of the UC Davis Academic Senate. In 2011-2012 he served as Vice Chair of the UC Systemwide Academic Senate and in 2012- 2013 he was Chair. In September 2013, Governor Brown appointed Powell as Science Advisor to the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Powell has been a consultant to numerous companies and government agencies. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Powell was a Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at McGill University in Montréal. He earned his Bachelor's (1972), Master's (1973) and Ph.D. (1978) in Mechanics and Materials Science at Johns Hopkins University.
Ellen O. Tauscher is Strategic Advisor for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and is a member of the firm's Federal Public Policy Group. She is Vice Chair-designate of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and serves on the Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) Board of Directors; eHealth Corporation Board of Directors; and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation Board of Directors. She also is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission. Tauscher served as a Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense with the State Department from February through August 2012 and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from June 2009 to February 2012. She represented California’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from November 1996 to June 2009. From January 2007 until her appointment as Under Secretary, Tauscher chaired the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. She was also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before being elected to Congress, Tauscher spent 14 years working on Wall Street. She was one of the first and youngest women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and later served as an officer of the American Stock Exchange.
Bruce D. Varner is a Regent for the University of California and is partner with Varner & Brandt LLP. He practices in the areas of general business and corporate and transactional law. He is active in many civic and volunteer associations, including the President's Advancement Council of California State University, San Bernardino; member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Council; and member of the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees.
jeff wadsworth is the senior executive responsible for Battelle’s laboratory management business. He was the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2003-2007. Prior to that he served a year at Battelle’s world headquarters and was a member of the White House Transition Planning Office for the Department of Homeland Security. He served 10 years as a senior manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Craig Weaver currently serves as Senior Vice President of Bechtel Management Company Limited (BMCL) the UK subsidiary of Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure Inc. He is responsible for all BSII activities in the UK primarily focused on the UK Ministry of Defence and UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Craig was elected a senior vice president of Bechtel in 2001.