WASHINGTON DC 5/16/23 – The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David E. Dismukes as a Distinguished Fellow and Senior Economist and Smythe Anderson as Director,  Government Relations and External Affairs.  Anderson will also serve in the same role at the American Energy Alliance, IER’s sister advocacy organization.

IER also promoted Kenny Stein from Policy Director to Vice President for Policy and Dustin DeBerry from Director of Donor Relations to Vice President for Development.  Stein has been with IER since 2017 and DeBerry since 2008.

Thomas Pyle, President of the Institute for Energy Research, issued the following statement:

“I’m excited to announce the additions of Dr. Dismukes and Smythe Anderson to our staff and to also promote two outstanding members of the IER team, Kenny Stein and Dustin DeBerry.

David has had a distinguished career in academia having led the Center for Energy Studies at LSU.  His expertise will contribute greatly to the policy discussion here in Washington on a more permanent basis.

Smythe Anderson comes to us with a strong background in policy formulation, federal relations, and communications having worked in both the public and private sectors.  She has already hit the ground running for IER.”

David E. Dismukes is an expert in the analysis of economic, statistical, and public policy issues in energy and regulated industries.  He has worked in academia, consulting, and public service over the past 34 years.  In addition to joining IER, Dr. Dismukes is a partner at Acadian Consulting Group and a Professor Emeritus at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University.

Dr. Dismukes issued the following statement:

“I am happy to be expanding my relationship with IER and excited to contribute to their important work explaining how competitive markets facilitate smart energy resource choices and consumer sovereignty.”

Before joining IER, Smythe Anderson worked as a Director of Federal Relations at the American Petroleum Institute where she led industry-wide advocacy efforts on tax and environmental issues.  She also worked in Chevron’s government affairs office and on Capitol Hill.

Smythe Anderson issued the following statement:

“I look forward to working alongside the teams at IER and AEA to advance principled policies that meet the growing global demand for energy, while benefiting American consumers, increasing economic growth, and protecting our national security.”

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