The U.S. Department of Energy welcomed a new Associate Ombudsman, Chris Vermillion. He joins Jeff Anderson and Lexi Wolfe, and reports to Director Tonya Mackey. Prior to joining DOE, Vermillion served as an Ombudsman Specialist with the Transportation Security Administration since January of 2019. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Ombudsperson and then Co-Director of the Ombuds Office at Georgia State University.
Other experience includes working as Training Director at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, teaching at John Jay College, and facilitating dialogue for a number of organizations including Seeds of Peace and the Dialogue Project. He graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a Master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, and a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.