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CRDF Global Board Member Jill Hruby Nominated to Lead National Nuclear Security Administration

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CRDF Global Board Member Jill Hruby Nominated to Lead National Nuclear Security Administration

Thursday, April 15, 2021

 

Statement from CRDF Global CEO, Michael Dignam:

“We are thrilled at President Biden’s nomination of Jill Hruby to serve as Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. Jill has been an active and inspiring member of CRDF Global’s Board of Directors, consistently helping to shape and define our organization’s approaches to new and emerging technologies, national security, and advancing the careers of women in science and security.

“In addition to our regular board meetings, we had an opportunity to hear from Jill just recently as keynote speaker at our annual Breaking Barriers:  Women in Science and Security event.  Some of my favorite Jill Hruby quotes:

   ‘You should always be prepared to be awed by others;’
   ‘Diversity is a superpower;’
   ‘I love engineering, but I like engineering for reasons more than just the design, build, test product piece. I like what engineers can do to change the world;
   And (quoting the Guy Clark song) ‘Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape.”

“We are deeply grateful for Jill’s contributions to CRDF Global and to our nation.  She will be a remarkable leader at NNSA.”

About Jill Hruby
Hruby is a dynamic and experienced leader with an extensive background in both policy and technical laboratory settings. Her expertise includes areas such as nuclear non-proliferation, national security, renewable energy, engineering, and new and evolving technologies. She served as Director of Sandia National Laboratories from 2015-2017, becoming the first woman to lead a national laboratory. She oversaw Sandia’s broad national security missions in nuclear weapons, cyberspace, energy, non-proliferation, biological defense, and space sensors and systems, including over 12,000 employees and $3B annual revenue. Prior to her role as Director, Hruby spent 34 years at Sandia in various leadership roles, including the Vice President of the Energy, Nonproliferation, and High-Consequence Security Division; leader of Sandia’s International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security Program; and a technical director, first in Materials and Engineering Sciences and then in Homeland Security and Defense