Olena Bogdan

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in economic analysis, Kyiv School of Economics; M.A. in economics, University of Houston

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Olena Bogdan is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She graduated with honors from Kyiv's National Aviation University with a B.A. in international relations. At that time Bogdan also carried out fieldwork on human anti-trafficking for the International Organization for Migration. At the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), she was involved in a program aimed at preventing domestic violence. Moreover, while an exchange student at Lawrence University, Bogdan interned with Congressman Steve Kagen's office. Bogdan earned her M.A. in economic analysis from both the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and the University of Houston. At KSE she also worked as a research assistant and a development department assistant, where she recruited prospective students. In addition to English, she speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and French. Her policy interests include economic development, international relations, health and the environment.