At the Center on Global Energy Policy, Gilliard serves as a member of the senior leadership team and leads efforts to showcase the Center’s expertise and engage journalists, elected officials, and thought leaders around the world’s most pressing energy issues.            

Gilliard has more than 15 years of experience as a strategic communications expert and policy advisor spanning a range of issues affecting global energy markets. She has served as a spokesperson and advisor on energy, environment and transportation issues with a particular focus on setting policy agendas and engaging key partners through media relations and social and digital media. She served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation Policy and Director of Governmental, International, and Public Affairs for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She led communications and legislative strategy for the bipartisan pipeline safety bill and energy and transportation safety issues, including regulations governing crude-by-rail and natural gas storage safety.

Prior to joining CGEP, Gilliard was Director of Communications at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a multigenerational family foundation advancing solutions to inequality and climate change. Before joining the Obama Administration, she held senior-level positions in state and federal government, including the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management in Alaska where she served as Special Assistant and Chief of External Affairs.

Gilliard holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio.