Lauren Hughes serves as the deputy director of the Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, where she supports the center’s nuclear energy portfolio. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Hughes was chief operating officer of Washington Policy and Analysis, a consulting firm led by former US Deputy Secretary of Energy William F. Martin. Hughes’s expertise includes nuclear energy and nonproliferation policy, and her previous work focused on US-Japan civil nuclear cooperation.

Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in foreign affairs and a master’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in conflict management.