Michelle Foss is chief energy economist and head of the CEE. She directs and conducts research on energy fuels, markets, infrastructure, and associated investment frameworks; advises US and international energy companies; publishes and speaks widely on energy issues; and provides public commentary and government testimonies. Previously, she was a director of research at the investment bank Simmons & Co.; director of research at Rice Center, an urban regional economics, energy, and transportation research group; and was engaged in Denver-based energy and environmental research and consulting. Foss is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, AIPN, USAEE/IAEE, Women's Energy Network, and a partner in Harvest Gas Management, a Texas-based exploration company. Foss holds a PhD in political science from the University of Houston, an MS in economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and a BS in biology, with a geology minor, from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.