Michael J. Orlando is an economist and petroleum engineer with over 30 years of experience on various facets of energy and resource industries in general and upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors in particular. Clients solicit Michael for his views on how macroeconomic, political, and technological developments affect the outlook for energy markets and optimal business and financial strategy. He provides expert analysis and testimony for commercial litigation and helps organizations to assess political and regulatory risks and develop strategies for managing relations in those multi-stakeholder bargaining environments.
Michael began his career with Shell Oil Company, in reservoir and environmental engineering assignments for exploration and development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. He later served as a Research Economist in the Federal Reserve System, and then as Vice President and Branch Executive for the Fed’s Denver Branch, where he was responsible for regional economic research, energy markets analysis, policy advising, and public communication.
An award-winning teacher, Michael has developed courses in finance, economics, political science, and management. His research spans a range of topics in applied microeconomics, including publications on energy and environmental policy, the economic geography and industrial demography of innovation, the economics of payments networks, financial regulatory policy, and corporate governance. He has also co-authored a textbook on money and banking.
Michael holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Tulane University, and a BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Managing Director for Econ One Research in Denver and Lecturer in the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.