Professor Marilyn Brown has been named an inaugural ambassador in DoE/MIT Women in Clean Energy Program for the United States. U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative have launched a Women in Clean Energy Program for United States to help implement the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment initiative or “C3E” - a program aimed at attracting more women to clean energy careers and supporting their advancement into leadership positions. The new components of the U.S. plan were announced this week at the Clean Energy Ministerial, a global forum of the energy ministers and leaders of 23 governments, joining together to promote policies and programs to advance clean energy technology, share best practices and lessons learned, and encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. These new activities help deliver on the U.S. commitment to C3E, launched by nine governments at the first Clean Energy Ministerial in July 2010. Australia, Denmark, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States each committed to undertake meaningful activities to advance women in clean energy and close the gender gap in their own national contexts and link their efforts wherever possible. Specific features of the new plan include ambassadors, a cohort of distinguished senior professionals who share an interest in broadening the recruitment, retention and advancement of highly qualified women in the field of clean energy and are committed to acting as champions for the goals of C3E. Ambassadors will also serve as the selection panel for the awards program outlined below. The inaugural group of Ambassadors includes Maxine Savitz, Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering and member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Kim Saylors-Laster, Vice President for Energy, Walmart; Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy; Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment; and Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, among other eminent leaders in the field.