Ellen Hughes-Cromwick is appointed Interim Associate Director, Social Science and Policy at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) effective July 24, 2017. Dr. Hughes-Cromwick will participate in several research and policy initiatives and will serve as a core team member for the annual Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) conference in October 2017. She has also accepted the position as senior advisor at MacroPolicy Perspectives LLC, an economic research and consulting firm helping clients with insights about global macroeconomic and policy developments.
Dr. Hughes-Cromwick recently completed an appointment as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration. She worked on several Administration initiatives to improve data quality, measure the digital economy, and expand manufacturing, trade and investment. Hughes-Cromwick assisted Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on many global macroeconomic matters in support of her commercial diplomacy, trade, and foreign direct investment initiatives. Dr. Hughes-Cromwick also supported the development of the Administration’s economic forecast.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Dr. Hughes-Cromwick was chief global economist at Ford Motor Company. She led the 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.
Early in her career, Dr. Hughes-Cromwick was a senior economist at Mellon Bank and assistant professor of economics at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She also served for two years as 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.
Dr. Hughes-Cromwick has served on several nonprofit boards promoting economic education and workforce training. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the NABE Foundation, a leading business economics organization dedicated to supporting economics education, and has recently been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees at Clark University. Dr. Hughes-Cromwick is also on the advisory board for WorkingNation and is active in speaking out on training for the workplace and global macroeconomic issues.