Alumni: Life After Pardee RAND

PRGS alumni at 2016 Commencement

New grads and alumni gather to celebrate Commencement Weekend 2016. View larger image.

Photo by Monica Hertzman/RAND

Since its inception in 1970, the Pardee RAND Graduate School has graduated more than 300 PhDs. Our alumni have gone on to a wide range of jobs in government, business, non-profit institutions, and academia.

Pardee RAND organizes alumni activities and encourages alumni to let us know of their achievements and whereabouts. This page provides a brief glimpse at some recent events and news.

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Alumni News

  • Pardee RAND Hosts 2023 Alumni Awards

    In recognition of all they do, Pardee RAND is excited to honor our 2023 Alumni Awardees: Evan Bloom, Richard Bowman, Beth McGlynn, Kay Sullivan, and Edmundo Molina-Pérez. These alumni have demonstrated leadership throughout their careers and have made important and innovative contributions in the fields of education, health care, military program evaluation, and data science.

    Jun 15, 2023

  • Finding a Sweet Spot Between Research and Impact: Career Q&A with Maya Buenaventura

    Maya Buenaventura first became interested in improving systems that serve vulnerable populations while working pro-bono as an attorney. Learning about the interconnected legal, housing, health, and food security issues faced by her clients sparked her interest in earning her Ph.D in public policy, as well as the career pathway that has followed.

    May 1, 2023

  • Comedy Communications Workshop Entertains, Educates

    More than 30 students, alumni, and faculty enjoyed an interactive comedy workshop organized by Career Services and Alumni Affairs. The event featured Nicole Blaine, owner and founder of The Crow, a comedy club and education center in Santa Monica, as well as two local TV writers.

    Apr 24, 2023

  • Scholarship Fund Aims to Strengthen Connections Between IIASA, RAND, and Pardee RAND

    Since 2015, a donation from RAND alum Roger Levien has provided summer fellowships for Pardee RAND students to work at the International Institute of Advanced Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria. Now, a scholarship fund seeks to extend the reach of Levien’s generosity.

    Apr 11, 2023

  • “Follow What Feels Right to You”: Career Q&A with Jay Griffin

    James "Jay" Griffin has made his career in the field of energy policy and regulation, but it was almost a fluke that brought him to Pardee RAND. Now a senior fellow at Gridworks, a nonprofit organization working to decarbonize the U.S. economy, Griffin spoke with students Hye Min Park and Brian Wong about his career.

    Mar 1, 2023

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