Laboratory Staff Director Frances Chadwick supports the Lab’s director and deputy directors and manages the Director’s Office and the six divisions that report into it. These include the Office of General Counsel, Communications and External Affairs, Ethics and Audit, the Office of Counterintelligence, the Community Partnerships Office, and the Office of National Security & International Studies. In this role, Frances is the executive champion for the Lab’s relationship with the communities of Northern New Mexico. She is also the Lab’s liaison with the Triad National Security, LLC Board of Directors, chaired by former Lab Director Michael Anastasio.
Frances has worked at the Laboratory since 1996 in various positions in Finance and Infrastructure. In her previous role, she managed the Lab’s portfolio of mission-critical facilities as program director for Weapons Infrastructure in the Weapons Directorate. In this role she also served on the Department of Energy’s Infrastructure Executive Council as the representative from NNSA sites and was the Lab’s lead for collaborations with the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment in the area of Infrastructure and Operations. Prior to this, Frances was the business manager for Weapons Programs, overseeing all financial, planning, and procurement activities. She is nationally recognized for her effective advocacy for excellence in support services to the mission, and in enabling the successful planning and solid financial support for the Lab’s mission-critical facilities.
Frances serves on the Laboratory’s Benefits and Investments Committee and is a board member of the Los Alamos Community Foundation. Frances is the executive champion for the Lab’s African American Employee Resource Group, and is a strong advocate for working parents. Originally from the U.K., Frances holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.