Ellen Hughes-Cromwick is a Senior Economist and Interim Associate Director of Social Science and Policy at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. She previously held an appointment as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration. Hughes-Cromwick’s goal at the Energy Institute is to develop and lead new projects at the intersection of energy, economics, policy, and human behavior that complement Energy Institute initiatives. She is also involved in the Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) conference, which brings economic scholars together with government and industry practitioners to exchange ideas and address transportation energy and environmental policy challenges.
At the Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick worked on several administration initiatives to improve data quality, measure the digital economy, and expand manufacturing, trade and investment. She assisted Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on global macroeconomic matters in support of her commercial diplomacy, trade, and foreign direct investment initiatives. Hughes-Cromwick also supported the development of the Obama Administration’s economic forecast.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick was chief global economist at Ford Motor Company and an Adjunct Professor at U-M’s Ross School of Business. She led Ford’s global corporate economics group with major responsibility for the Company's global economic, financial, and automotive industry forecasts used to support business strategy, finance, and planning.