About the Government and Community Relations Office 

The Office of Government and Community Relations (GCR) advances Berkeley Lab’s research, institutional, and good neighbor goals and objectives by engaging and partnering with federal, state and local government officials, community leaders and neighbors, and the K-12 STEM education community.  In addition to driving the success of our research and development mission objectives, GCR focuses aggressively on building deeper partnerships with diverse communities and raising the Lab’s visibility and profile among our many stakeholders at the local, state, regional, and national levels.



The Laboratory is preparing a new Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) to succeed the 2006 LRDP.  The forthcoming 2025 LRDP will guide the Lab in its continued development of safe, efficient, cost-effective and operationally flexible infrastructure capable of long-term support of evolving scientific missions. Science and research needs drive the Lab's development.

The Lab’s Government and Community Relations Office recently hosted staff from local, state, and federal elected officials’ offices, to show how the Lab is helping the Biden and Newsom administrations, and local governments, meet goals around climate change.  The staffers also received tours of the Molecular Foundry and ALS, and learned how the Lab is helping engage and train the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Our Mission 

As one of the world's leading research institutions,  Berkeley Lab maintains strong partnerships with federal, state and community leaders to advance support for the public, mission-oriented research needed  to solve the nation's biggest scientific challenges.  >>MORE


Speaker Nancy Pelosi and CA Congressional Members Visit  Berkeley Lab

On Feb 25th, 2022, the Lab hosted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Doris Matsui, UC President Michael Drake, and Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger. Lab leaders and researchers shared ways the ALS propels research in the fields of clean energy, microelectronics, human health, and more.

Ensuring American Leadership in Microelectronics

Lab Director Mike Witherell testifies before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Director Witherall spoke about strengthening the nation's microelectronics ecosystem, and the critical capabilities DOE national labs bring to this challenge. >> More

A Study of the Economic Impact of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) supports more than 10,000 jobs in the Bay Area and nearly 20,000 jobs across the country, according to a new economic impact study that underscores Berkeley Lab’s role as a major employer in the East Bay in addition to being a powerhouse of innovation. The study also determined that every federal dollar invested in Berkeley Lab, one of the world’s top research institutions, produces nearly three dollars in economic output. >> More

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