Michael Maher is the senior program advisor for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He joined the institute in the summer of 2013 after a career at ExxonMobil of more than 30 years. Over the last decade, Maher coordinated public and government affairs for LNG projects in the U.S. and abroad; served as the public affairs manager for the Marine Well Containment Project, a joint venture aimed at providing the oil and gas industry with access to well containment equipment and technology for the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico; and held the position of upstream issue advisor on policy issues related to offshore drilling and production safety, natural gas, and U.S. LNG exports. He also held positions as a professional economist in corporate planning and as an analyst in natural gas planning and marketing in the U.S.
His volunteer activities include serving as the chairman of the alumni advisory board for Rice University’s Center for Career Development and as a member of the advisory board of the School of Social Sciences at Rice. Maher received his B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.