Berkeley Lab in the Community

Brandt participates in Berkeley Chamber event focused on post-pandemic planning

Deputy Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer Michael Brandt recently participated in “Berkeley Today and Tomorrow,” an annual event hosted by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce that brings businesses together to share success stories, advocate for the best of Berkeley, and connect community thought leaders together in one place.

This year’s BTT topic was Resilience & Recovery: A Post-Pandemic Conversation with Berkeley Business Leaders. Brandt - and his co-panelists from Bayer, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Kitchen on Fire - shared with the audience best practices and lessons learned about how their institutions adapted to the pandemic, where they have found support, and how they can work together to come back stronger than ever in this new economic landscape. The conversation, moderated by UC Berkeley’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations, followed a keynote by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín.

Lab staff volunteer their time at the Food bank of Contra Costa and Solano

In honor of national volunteer month, Berkeley Lab staff kicked off its first service day with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Staff spent a recent Saturday morning at the Concord warehouse sorting through produce that will be distributed to families experiencing food insecurity in the area. The Lab’s Government and Community Relations office will host three more service days with FBCCS this year; please check the Berkeley Lab Service Portal at for those and other upcoming service opportunities.

Service days at FBCCS were inspired by the Lab’s winter 2021 food drive, which was held in response to the urgent needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Berkeley Lab employees rallied together and raised $44,635 to support the important work being done by FBCCS to help our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer before our scheduled service days, please visit to sign up and learn more.