Tim Hopper is a managing director, Chief Economist and Head of Natural Resources & Infrastructure Research for the TIAA-CREF organization. In this capacity, Mr. Hopper provides strategic and research capabilities for the Natural Resources platform, which includes investments in agriculture, timberland, energy, infrastructure and related businesses. Prior to joining the TIAA-CREF organization, Tim established and led economic and portfolio research departments both in finance and industry. He has been responsible, in various capacities, for the macroeconomic and sector forecast as well as portfolio risk analysis for general and specialized energy and infrastructure portfolios. Most recently, he was Chief Economist for CMAI, a large chemical consulting firm. Prior to this, he held positions in the banking community, including the Federal Reserve Bank, where he researched energy markets, financial institutions and interest rate policy. He has nearly 20 years experience modeling, writing and speaking about the economy. Tim holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston, an M.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and a B.A. in Economics from Baylor University, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics and has held several adjunct professorships in economics.