Heather Jackson


U.S. Department of Energy

Heather Jackson currently serves as a technology to market advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. Her focus is on the development and deployment of fusion energy, and commercialization of other clean energy technologies including advanced nuclear, and carbon-free fuels.

Prior to ARPA-E, Heather’s career has included a diverse array of roles in startup leadership and in the electric power industry. Heather’s entrepreneurial work has included projects that span clean energy hard tech, advanced manufacturing, affordable housing, and transformational medical technology. Heather’s utility industry work included decarbonization technology assessment and strategy, innovation, nuclear strategy, business planning, maintenance, health physics, and radiological safety. Heather’s research experience includes radiological dispersion device response, plasma diagnostics, pharmacology, and cancer therapy.

Heather studied Physics, chemistry, and mathematics at Mercer University, Nuclear Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, earned a senior reactor operator certification from Palo Verde Generating Station and earned an M.B.A focused on innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.