Bobi Garrett

Chief Operating Officer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Bobi Garrett has focused her career on advancing new technologies from concept to commercial application. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, she serves as a member of the executive team that sets laboratory strategy, oversees mission execution and laboratory operations, and stewards core capabilities. Specific responsibilities include leading the functions that connect the laboratory to market impact, including partnering; technology transfer; and programs to catalyze the development of clean energy innovation ecosystems locally, nationally, and globally. Additionally, Garrett is responsible for strategic planning and program development, oversight of the laboratory’s energy analysis, and international programs as well as programs conducted for non-commercial organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State. She also oversees the laboratory’s public affairs and communications functions.

Before joining NREL in 1998, Garrett held a variety of line management and program leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. While at PNNL, she had the opportunity to lead research efforts in energy, environment, defense, and health care for both government and commercial customers. She serves on the Board of CO-LABS, the consortium of federally funded research institutions in Colorado, and on the Operational Technical Review Committee of Arizona Public Service.

Garrett holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from the University of Washington.