Ashley Finan

Ashley Finan is Chief Scientist for the National and Homeland Security Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory and is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center.

Dr. Finan was previously the founding Director of the National Reactor Innovation Center and a Division Director at Idaho National Laboratory. In this role, she was responsible for creating projects and programs to accelerate the deployment of advanced nuclear energy in partnership with technology developers.

Dr. Finan served as founding Executive Director for the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, where she was responsible for managing the nonprofit organization’s strategy, operations, government affairs, policy and technical development, stakeholder outreach, and fundraising.  She provided expert guidance to policymakers, academic teams, industry stakeholders, and NGOs, testifying before Congress several times and speaking at national and international events.  Dr. Finan previously served as a Director of Nuclear Innovation at Clean Air Task Force.

Dr. Finan earned her Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds an SB degree in Physics as well as SB and SM degrees in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT.

Ashley and her husband Tim live in Teton Valley, Idaho with their three children and dog, and enjoy skiing, fishing, biking, climbing, backpacking, and spending time with family and friends in this spectacular place they call home. Their two sons are students at Mountain Academy, and their daughter plans to be when she is older.