Michael Orlando


About Michael Orlando

Michael Orlando is a Managing Director based in Denver, Colorado.  He conducts economic and strategic analyses for clients facing commercial, financial, and political risks, and those seeking expert reports and testimony for judicial and regulatory settings.  Consulting engagements have included enterprise and asset valuation, damages theories and calculations, regulatory analysis, and strategic advising in energy and other resource industries, banking, transportation, cannabis, and professional and technical services.

Dr. Orlando began his career with Shell Oil Company as a reservoir engineer for oil and gas exploration and development projects in the Gulf of Mexico.  He also worked as an environmental engineer, ensuring environmental compliance and managing the Company’s relationship in a listed Superfund site.  He later served as a Research Economist in the Federal Reserve System, and then as Vice President and Branch Executive of the Fed’s Denver Branch, where he was responsible for regional economic research, energy markets analysis, policy advising, and public communication. He has developed classroom and online course content for undergraduate, graduate, and nontraditional students, at Washington University in St. Louis, The Pennsylvania State University, and Tulane University.  He is currently Lecturer of Global Energy Management at the University of Colorado – Denver Business School.

Dr. Orlando’s research spans a range of topics in applied microeconomics.  He has published work on energy and environmental policy, the economic geography and industrial demography of innovation, the economics of payments networks, financial regulatory policy, and corporate governance.  An award-winning teacher, he has developed courses in economics, finance, political risk analysis and strategy, and energy business management and policy.  He has also co-authored a textbook on money and banking.


Ph.D., Economics, Washington University in St. Louis
A.M., Economics, Washington University in St. Louis
M.B.A., Business Administration, Tulane University
B.S., Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Work Experience

Econ One, 2018 – present
University of Colorado – Denver, 2012 – present
Economic Advisors, Inc., 2008 – 2018
The George W. Bush Institute, 2013
Tulane University, 2009 – 2011
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, 2000 – 2007
Washington University in St. Louis, 1996 – 1999
Shell Offshore, Inc., 1988 – 1994

Testimonial Experience

State Oil and Gas Regulatory Commissions