Brooke Poole Clark announced as NRC’s next secretary

January 11, 2022, 3:03PMANS Nuclear Cafe


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today the selection of Brooke Poole Clark as the new secretary to the Commission, effective spring 2022. Clark will replace Annette Vietti-Cook, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service at the NRC.

In her new position, Clark will provide executive management services to support the Commission and implement Commission decisions. She will be responsible for scheduling Commission meetings, managing the Commission's decision-making process, codifying Commission decisions in memoranda, processing and controlling Commission correspondence, and maintaining the Commission's historical records collection, among other tasks.

History: Clark joined the NRC in 1998 through the Honor Law Graduate program. She had a break in service from 2001 to 2004, when she worked as an associate attorney with the law firm of Winston & Strawn, before rejoining the NRC’s Office of General Counsel. Since then, her responsibilities have included positions in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, and the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. She also served as legal counsel to former chairmen Nils Diaz and Dale Klein and later served as head of the Office of Commission Appellate Adjudication. Most recently, Clark served as deputy general counsel for licensing, hearings, and enforcement and was a member of the agency’s COVID-19 task force.

Highly skilled: “Brooke is remarkably talented and highly disciplined, with impeccable organizational management and a demonstrated skill earning the public’s trust,” said NRC chairman Christopher T. Hanson in the announcement. “She embodies a deep commitment to our institution and to the integrity of Commission governance, which will prove critical in overseeing the Office of the Secretary’s important responsibilities.”

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