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 Master's degree from the UFRJ, and a Bachelor's degree from FGV-EPGE, all in Economics. Her experience spans Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Panama, Ecuador, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, and Nepal. She was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Los Angeles. When not working, Thaís enjoys spending time with her children and husband.