USNIC Leadership

Bud Albright

President and CEO

The Honorable Clarence “Bud” Albright has served as President and CEO of the United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) since March of 2020, prior to which he served as the organization’s chairman of the board.

Albright has broad and varied experience in the energy industry. He is the former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, as the third most senior official at DOE, he provided leadership for energy and environment programs, including: energy research and development; demonstration and deployment; environmental cleanup; legacy management and radioactive waste management, all with a total budget of nearly $15 billion. Albright was appointed by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Albright also has both legislative and private-sector experience. Albright served as Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, and as Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs for CenterPoint Energy, and Vice President of Federal Affairs at Reliant Energy.

Prior to his engagement in energy issues, Albright served in the government in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Associate Attorney General and Senior Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. He served Secretary Jack Kemp as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Albright also served as Associate Counsel on the U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra incident. From 1981 through 1986, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Albright holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Presbyterian College in his home state of South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor Degree from George Mason University School of Law in Virginia. Committee, Albright was Vice President of Federal Affairs for Texas-based Reliant Energy in the Washington, DC office.

Caleb Ward

Chief Operating Officer

Caleb Ward serves as Chief Operating Officer of the United States Nuclear Industry Council, the leading U.S. business advocate for advanced nuclear energy and promotion of the American supply chain globally. In his role, Caleb oversees all of the activities, initiates, programs, events and outreach for the Council.  

Caleb  operates at the intersection of domestic and international government relations, public affairs and communications strategy, which spans Fortune 500 corporations, major trade associations, and multiple governments.  Internationally Caleb worked in London for several years for the global strategic communications firm Kreab Gavin Anderson, assisting international companies and governments with their global public affairs, stakeholder outreach and public relations activities. Major clients included Vattenfall, Gazprom Export, Anglo American, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, SEB (bank), and UK Trade & Investment.

In the U.S. Caleb has represented and worked with a number of top U.S. trade associations and Fortune 500 companies and has served as a registered lobbyist before Congress on a variety of issues including Energy, Appropriations, Nonproliferation, Economics/Economic Development, Foreign Relations, Transportation, Homeland Security, Science/Technology, and Trade (Domestic & Foreign) issues.

A native Washingtonian, Caleb graduated from Hamilton College in upstate New York with a BA in Public Policy and Philosophy and George Washington University in Washington, DC for his graduate work in Political Management.

Dave Jones

Executive Director

David Jones has over 40 years experience in the nuclear industry. Prior to joining the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council as Executive Director, he served in two roles for Orano/AREVA’s North American division: Senior Vice President for Fuel Cycle Policy & International Development, and  Senior Vice President for the Back End Fuel Cycle Business Group. Before joining Orana/AREVA, he served as Vice President for New Nuclear Development for Duke Energy and as the Director of Nuclear Policy and Strategy. Previously, he worked in various capacities for E.R. Johnson Associates, Jacobs Engineering, and Combustion Engineering. He is a past Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in nuclear engineering.