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Pardee RAND Alumni Are in High Demand

Pardee RAND career fields: 36% public sector, 30% private industry, 22% research institution, 9% academia, 3% non-profit, 1% other

View job placement by year for 2013-2022

Alumni of the Pardee RAND Graduate School are sought after by employers that value their quality of mind, intellectual agility, project experience, and unique ability to apply analytic tools and methodologies across a wide range of policy problems. Here are just a few of the jobs our recent alumni have taken:

  • Policy analysts at research institutions
  • Assistant professors at schools of public policy and public health
  • Intelligence analyst for a national security agency
  • Conflict management and mitigation specialist for a major development agency
  • Environmental economist for a major international development firm
  • Consultant for one of the world's leading management consulting firms

View a comprehensive list, organized by year, of the initial job placements for all 2012-2021 graduates.

We are likewise proud that our alumni work to "Be The Answer" not only in the United States, but all over the world. View interactive maps of where our alumni are influencing and improving their communities and countries.

Approximately 98% of graduates receive multiple offers and find work in their field of interest within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates pursue careers in

Pardee RAND alumni are out there making a difference! See below for the position titles and agencies and organizations for which they employ their skills and pursue their professional goals. We have indicated "early alumni" positions with a “*”.


  • California Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Advisor
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Economist Fellow
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Social Science Research Analyst*
  • Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Soviet Analysis, Analyst
  • China Securities Regulatory Commission, Deputy Director
  • Colorado State Senate, Senator*
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Management and Policy Analyst
  • Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Office of Health Policy, Senior Policy Analyst
  • Government Accountability Office, International Affairs and Trade, Director
  • Legislative Analyst’s Office, State of California, Fiscal and Policy Analyst*
  • Los Angeles County, Office of AIDS Program and Policy, Research Analyst*
  • Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, Health Economist
  • Milwaukee County, Chief of Staff to the County Executive
  • National Institute on Aging, Behavioral and Social Research, Deputy Director
  • New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Director
  • New York City Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Director
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Head
  • Republic of Bulgaria, Secretary for Healthcare, Education and Science
  • Santa Fe Public Schools, Chief Accountability and Strategy Officer*
  • Space and Missile Systems Center, Cost Estimating Branch Chief
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Senior Policy Analyst
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Africa Bureau, Conflict Management and Mitigation Specialist*
  • U.S. Air Force, Intelligence Officer*
  • U.S. Air Force, Spacecraft Systems Officer*
  • U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer
  • U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Professional Staff member
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Operations Research Analyst
  • Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Energy Analysis Division, Operations Research Analyst


  • American University, Public Administration and Policy, Associate Professor/MPP Director
  • Clemson University, Department of Public Health Sciences, Assistant Professor
  • Cornell University Weill Medical College, Health Policy, Assistant Professor
  • George Washington University School of Medicine, Policy Programs, Director and Assistant Professor
  • Indian Institute of Management, Center for Public Policy, Assistant Professor
  • Korea National Defense University, Research Institute on National Security Affairs, Director and Professor
  • Northwestern University, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
  • Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy, Associate Professor
  • Stanford University Public Policy Program, Professor and Director of Graduate Practicum
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Professor and Chair
  • University of British Columbia, Strategy and Business Economics, Sessional Lecturer
  • University of New Mexico, Department of Economics, Senior Lecturer*
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, Assistant Professor of Health Services Policy and Management
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Research Assistant Professor
  • University of Tilburg, Law and Economics Center, Assistant Professor
  • United States Military Academy at West Point, Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Institutes

  • American Enterprise Institute, President
  • American Institutes of Research, Researcher*
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense Policy, Senior Advisor
  • George Washington University, Space Policy Institute, Director
  • Harvard Center for Education Policy Research, Denver Public Schools, Strategic Data Fellow*
  • Institute for Defense Analysis, Researcher
  • Loyola Marymount University, Director of Institutional Research
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Researcher
  • Mayo Clinic, Research Associate*
  • MITRE Corporation, Lead Multi-Discipline Systems and Policy Analyst
  • Pepperdine University, Director of Educational Research
  • RAND Corporation, Vice President and Director of RAND Health
  • RAND Corporation, Vice President and Director of National Security Research Division
  • RTI International, Senior Economist
  • UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Scholar*
  • UC Davis Health System, Institute for Population Health Improvement, Research and Policy Analyst*
  • Worker's Compensation Research Institute, Public Policy Analyst
  • Yale University, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Associate Research Scientist

Private Industry

  • Amgen, Inc., Department of Global Health, Health Economics Manager*
  • Bank of America, Senior Vice President
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Associate
  • Boston Consulting Group, Consultant*
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Global Epidemiology and Outcomes Research, Associate Director
  • Corporate Executive Board, Executive Director
  • Google, Global Capacity Delivery, Program Manager
  • IMS Health, Inc., Health Services Researcher
  • Kaiser Permanente, Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research, Director
  • KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Chief Medical Officer
  • McKinsey & Company, Associate
  • Northrop Grumman, Analysis Center, Strategic Planner
  • Southern California Edison, Business Strategy, Planning & Analytics, Analyst
  • Wellpoint, Strategic Initiatives Manager

Other Non-Profits

  • African Center for Economic Transformation, Policy Advisor
  • Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Head, Emerging Security Challenges Programme
  • International Monetary Fund, Economist
  • Vera Institute for Justice, Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit, Senior Policy Analyst
  • The Wallace Foundation, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer
  • World Bank Group, Economist, Impact Evaluations*
  • United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Senior Adviser
  • United Nations World Food Programme, School Feeding Unit, Consultant*