Ellen Hughes-Cromwick is Senior Fellow for Clean Energy Economy at Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank that champions center-left ideas in order to advance mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom and security. In this role, Hughes-Cromwick provides expert insight and analysis on building climate policy solutions that are fair, equitable, and expand economic opportunities for American workers.
Before joining Third Way, Hughes-Cromwick was Senior Economist and Associate Director of Social Science and Policy at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. Among her accomplishments in that role was co-chairing UMEI’s annual Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) conference in 2017, 2018 and through the main planning stages of the 2019 event.
Hughes-Cromwick serves on several nonprofit boards promoting economic education and workforce training. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the NABE Foundation, an arm of the National Association for Business Economics dedicated to supporting economics education. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Clark University and on the advisory board for WorkingNation. Hughes-Cromwick is active in speaking out on training for the workplace and global macroeconomic issues.
Previous appointments include Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration and Chief Global Economist at Ford Motor Company. Earlier in her career, Hughes-Cromwick was a senior economist at Mellon Bank, an assistant professor of economics at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s degree in International Development and a Ph.D. in Economics at Clark University in Massachusetts.