Susan S. Everingham

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Director, Pittsburgh Office
Pittsburgh Office


M.A. in applied mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in mathematics and biology, Williams College

Media Resources

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A quantitative policy analyst at RAND since 1988, Susan S. Everingham has been involved in a diverse array of policy studies, concentrating on the mathematical modeling of complex systems as well as cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of policy alternatives. She coauthored RAND's 1994 study comparing the cost-effectiveness of various cocaine control strategies and developed the Markov-based model of the demand for cocaine that was used in that research. She also contributed to a number of studies of the criminal justice system and violence prevention. Her current work is focused on supporting the development of defense management institutions in Colombia and other developing countries, and DoD civilian policy. She has served in a number of RAND management positions, including as director of a program of research on military personnel policies and a unit focused on international outreach; she has been the director of RAND's Pittsburgh office since October 2008.

Recent Projects

  • New policies and practices for deploying DoD civilians
  • Transforming the Colombian military human resource management system

Selected Publications

Beau Kilmer et al., What America's Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000 through 2010, ONDCP, 2014

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Pittsburgh Business Times; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


  • An illustration of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer

    Is It Time to Appoint a Data Security Czar?

    Cybersecurity needs to become more of a priority for the government and private corporations. Whatever the solution, public and private officials need to do a better job of weighing the risk-benefit calculation of storing data on Internet-accessible computers and justifying data-handling protocols.

    Sep 3, 2015 Newsweek

  • Downtown Pittsburgh

    Building the Best Pittsburgh Possible

    Pittsburgh's journey toward its bright future has only just begun. To realize its potential, the city needs a vision as well as an innovative, inclusive, and data-driven approach to community development.

    Apr 9, 2015 p4 Blog

  • Kindergarten girls using computer

    RAND Is Participating in Pittsburgh's Day of Giving May 6

    By choosing to support RAND through on Tuesday, May 6, your gift goes further thanks to The Pittsburgh Foundation matching a portion of all gifts from $25 to $1,000.

    May 2, 2014

  • The Upside of Snowmageddon

    The city's lame response shows, yet again, why we need more cooperation among local governments.

    Mar 28, 2010 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Getting to Know Pittsburgh: The City Has Embraced Me ... and Now the World?

    In the year since I moved to Pittsburgh from Southern California, it's become clear that I unwittingly chose the perfect moment in history to come here, writes Susan Everingham.

    Sep 19, 2009 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Public Libraries Are Needed Now More Than Ever

    What Pittsburgh attraction provides $3 of economic output for every public dollar invested? The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If you find this factoid unlikely, it is because the research that discovered it received an astounding lack of attention, write Susan Everingham and Sally Sleeper.

    May 29, 2009 Pittsburgh Business Times