In January 2022, Jennifer Mundt joined the Department of Commerce as the Assistant Secretary for Clean Energy Economic Development, a new role in the Department. Since that time, she has led efforts to secure clean energy economic and workforce opportunities for North Carolina, including offshore wind.

Jennifer has more than 17 years of State service. Before joining Commerce, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to that, Jennifer worked for more than a decade as a nonpartisan senior legislative analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly.

Jennifer earned bachelor’s degrees in both environmental science and political science from Virginia Tech before working as an environmental consultant in the private sector. She earned her master’s degree in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   In 2019, Jennifer participated in the Leadership North Carolina professional development program, graduating with the XXVII class of state leaders.

Her energy expertise has been tapped by Governor Cooper previously, as she leads the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Forces.