The Energy Department’s (DoE) Pamela Isom stepped down from her role as director of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Technology Office on Sept. 9, a DoE spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.
Isom led DoE’s AI office first as acting director in April 2021 and later as the permanent director in August 2021. Before this, she was deputy chief information officer (CIO) at DoE, and earlier in her career was executive director of application engineering and development at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
She also led the recently established AI Advancement Council, which was set up in April to coordinate funding and development of algorithms and to hold other Federal government agencies to account for how those algorithms are used.
Before she entered Federal service, Isom held several senior private sector roles including as a cloud strategy leader at Dell Technologies and as a technology architect at IBM.
According to a DoE spokesperson, the department has not announced who will step into the now vacant role.