As a science advisor in the International Energy and Commodity Policy of the State Department's Economic Bureau, Dr. Garimella has been exploring pathways to a clean energy future, connecting across different Bureaus and Departments. He convenes approximately biweekly brownbag lunches for a Clean Energy Futures Working Group which discusses cross-cutting issues at the intersection of energy security and climate change with a variety of expert speakers. He coordinated the March 2011 offering of the Washington Energy Seminar, which is organized to brief officers across the U.S. Government on energy issues. As a member of the interagency roundtable working group on rare earth elements led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, he has contributed to formulating diplomatic and policy solutions to recent supply shortages of critical materials. He is the Department delegate to the Committee on Energy Research and Technology of the International Energy Agency. He also participated as a Member of the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Science & Technology Working Group visit to Moscow in February-March, 2011.