Kathryn Connor is a cost analyst who joined the RAND Corporation in 2009. Since then, she has worked in the RAND Arroyo Center, the RAND National Defense Research Institute, and RAND Health. Her research has included the development of cost models for analyzing cost effectiveness, informing cost policy, improving property accountability metrics, assessing operations and sustainment of weapon systems, and understanding the cost implications of applying robotics to Army missions.
From 2007 to 2009, Connor was the director of the Greater Oakland Keystone Innovation Zone where she supported technology based economic development. Previously she was a research fellow at LMI. She earned her B.A. in economics and international studies from Baylor University and her M.P.P. with a focus on economic analysis and defense from University of Chicago. She is a certified cost estimator/analyst with the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis.