From August 2017 until August 2019 a series of weekly briefings by Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, former UMEI associate director for economics and policy, offered an economist’s look at the national energy and environmental landscape.
Hughes-Cromwick was previously a Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration, where she worked on 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.