Science and User Support Building to the left and Arrillaga Science Center building to the right from above the Main Quad at SLAC's campus.
Leading lab mission and vision

Our leadership

SLAC’s leaders have a wealth of experience in managing large scientific projects and organizations, both inside and outside the DOE complex. They determine our path forward, round up funding support and keep the lab running smoothly and safely so we can carry out and expand our scientific mission.

Chi-Chang Kao, SLAC's Lab Director in the main quad at SLAC

Lab Director

Chi-Chang Kao

Noted X-ray scientist Chi-Chang Kao became SLAC’s fifth director in 2012 after serving as associate lab director for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and chairperson of the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research focuses on X-­ray physics, superconductivity, magnetic materials and the properties of materials under high pressure.

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Executive team

Deputy lab directors

Vitaly Yakimenko

As deputy director for projects and infrastructure, Vitaly oversees the Facilities & Operations division and the Project Management Office, and is responsible for scientific...

Vitaly Yakimenko

Marc Clay

As the interim deputy director for operations at SLAC, Marc Clay is responsible for ensuring the effective integration and performance of operations functions that...

Marc Clay

Senior leaders

Associate lab directors

Mike Dunne

Portrait of Mike Dunne, associate lab director, Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)

JoAnne Hewett

Portrait of Joanne Hewett, Associate Lab Director, Fundamental Physics Directorate and Chief Research Officer

Paul McIntyre

Portrait of Paul McIntyre, associate lab director, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Directorate

Mike Dunne

Portrait of Mike Dunne, associate lab director, Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS)

JoAnne Hewett

Portrait of Joanne Hewett, Associate Lab Director, Fundamental Physics Directorate and Chief Research Officer

Paul McIntyre

Portrait of Paul McIntyre, associate lab director, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) Directorate

Andrew Burrill

Andrew Burrill

Tony Heinz

Portrait of Tony Heinz, associate lab director, Energy Sciences Directorate

Lisa Bonetti

Portrait of Lisa Bonetti, Interim Associate Lab Director, Technology Innovation Directorate

Chief officers & division directors

Saurabh Anand

Saurabh Anand

George Clark

George Clark

Carole Fried

Carole Fried

Saurabh Anand

Saurabh Anand

George Clark

George Clark

Carole Fried

Carole Fried

JoAnne Hewett

Portrait of Joanne Hewett, Associate Lab Director, Fundamental Physics Directorate and Chief Research Officer

Natalie Holder

Portrait of Natalie Holder, chief diversity officer

Melinda Lee

Melinda Lee

Carolyn Nelson

Portrait of Carolyn Nelson, SLAC's chief human resources officer

Jonathan Russell

Jonathan Russell

Mardell Sours

Mardell Sours

Lydia Young

Lydia Young

Rich Poliak

Rich Poliak

Steve Clarkson

Steve Clarkson
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