Ruth Demeter is senior director of policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute (GEI). Demeter leads the Institute’s work on mining and issues related to the Endangered Species Act.
Demeter has spent over a decade working in regulatory and energy policy. She worked as an aide to Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) before becoming director of federal government relations at Peabody Energy. There she developed and implemented advocacy strategies surrounding regulation, infrastructure, taxes, technology, climate, and land use.
In 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy appointed Demeter to serve on the National Coal Council, a Federal Advisory Committee whose principal activity is to provide recommendations to the Energy secretary on matters related to fossil energy programs and policies based on studies conducted by the council. Previously, she served on the
leadership board of the Carbon Utilization Research Council.
Demeter holds a B.A. in political science and religious studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a J.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.