Marilu Hastings

Marilu Hastings

Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation | Executive Vice President

Marilu Hastings is executive vice president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin. She also directs the Mitchell Innovation Lab.

As EVP, Marilu leads and is a catalyst for enhancing the programmatic direction of the foundation. She guides the conception and implementation of programs and initiatives with the program teams to ensure that the foundation’s priorities align with the mission and values of benefactors George and Cynthia Mitchell. As the Mitchell Innovation Lab Director, Marilu deploys a varied portfolio of breakthrough sustainability ideas and opportunities that the foundation develops and incubates.

Prior to CGMF, Marilu held leadership position at the Houston Advanced Research Center, a non-profit research organization founded by George Mitchell. Her work focused on enhancing the integration of social sciences into environmental decision-making. She specializes in the dynamics of environmental and social decision-making within the oil & gas industry, especially in sensitive and remote environments.

Marilu serves as a member of the National Petroleum Council at the U.S. Department of Energy. She is chair of the University of Texas’s Energy Institute Advisory Board; chair of Environmental Defense Fund’s Texas Advisory Board; a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin; and a trustee of the Regional Endowment for Sustainability Science. Marilu is a fellow of the Houston Advanced Research Center. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.

Marilu earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

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