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Shirley Neff
Adjunct Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs

Shirley Neff is an adjunct research scholar of energy policy and is affiliated with the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy in the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. She is also an advisor to the National Renewable Energy Lab, the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas and Goldwyn International Strategies.

She was the economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for seven years, from 1993-1996 and 1999-2003. While on the staff of the Committee, she was the lead Democratic staff responsible for international energy security issues, oil and gas and renewable energy policy, and energy tax matters. She was the lead drafter of the initial energy policy and tax bills that formed the basis of legislation passed by the Senate in 2002 (and again in July of 2003) and was the lead staff behind Senate passage of the Renewable Portfolio Standard. She was also responsible for development and passage of the OCS Deep Water Royalty Relief Act (1995). She was a member of the Congressional delegation to the international negotiations on the Framework Convention on Climate Change and participated in and led Congressional staff delegations to Western Europe, the Caspian region, China, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore.

In addition to her career in the Senate, she has extensive private and public energy sector experience. She was a senior governmental affairs director for Royal Dutch Shell, 1996-1998, where she advised senior management on energy and environmental policy matters, including U.S. politics on sensitive international oil issues and global climate change. She held a similar role at with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), from 1989-93.

She has extensive public speaking experience including testifying before various legislative bodies. She served a member of an Independent Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy for the Council on Foreign Relations (2001). She is the President-elect of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) and a recipient of the organization’s Senior Fellow Award. She has an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in economics from Iowa State University. She is fluent in French.


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