Thaís Vilela is an applied economist with a focus on energy and the environment. In her work, Thaís evaluates government policies using broad measures of benefits and costs: economic, social, and environmental. She has written reports on infrastructure projects, such as dams and roads; protected areas, their impact on the environment and local communities, and their touristic potential; the design of marketplaces for environmental reserve quotas; energy planning; and fuel markets. Her work with CSF has been published in respected academic journals, such as PNAS and Nature Communications. Before joining CSF in 2015, Thaís was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and worked at the consulting firm Engenho and the think tank Grupo de Economia da Energia. Thaís has a Ph.D. from the PUC-Rio, a Masters from the UFRJ, and a Bachelors from FGV-EPGE, all in Economics. She was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Chicago. When not working, Thaís enjoys spending time with her children and husband.