Ali Nouri, PhD joined the Administration in January and was serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Energy’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Previously, he was the President of the Federation of American Scientists, a public policy organization focused on countering WMDs, addressing emerging infectious diseases, and crafting solutions to energy and innovation challenges. Under his leadership, the organization also tackled science denialism and COVID-19 misinformation by providing timely, science-based information to policy makers and to the public. Previously, Nouri served as an advisor in the US Senate for nearly a decade, including 6 years for a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. During his time in the Senate he served in various positions including as an Energy and Environment Advisor, a National Security Advisor, and as a Legislative Director. Prior to that, Nouri served as an advisor to the office of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan where he developed initiatives to block biotechnology from being used to produce biological weapons. He earned a BA in biology from Reed College and a PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University. He resides in Washington DC with his wife, Logan Gibson, and their two sons.