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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.

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John Sarrao

John Sarrao became SLAC’s sixth director in October 2023. He came to SLAC from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, where he served as the deputy director for science, technology and engineering. In that role he led multiple...

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Executive team

Deputy lab directors

John Connolly

As deputy director for operations, John Connolly is responsible for ensuring the effective integration and performance of operations functions that support the lab’s growing...

John Connolly

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

Senior leaders

Associate lab directors

Mike Dunne

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

Paul McIntyre

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

Dan Akerib

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Lisa Bonetti

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

Kelly Gaffney

Kelly Gaffney

John Schmerge

John Schmerge

Chief officers & division directors

Saurabh Anand

Saurabh Anand

George Clark

George Clark

Ian Evans

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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

Lydia Young

Lydia Young

Brendan Curran

Brendan Curran

Steve Eglash

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Rich Poliak

Interim – Contractor Assurance & Contract Management Director

Rich Poliak
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