Beth Katz

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in secondary education, Loyola Marymount University; B.A. in environmental science, Columbia University


Beth Katz is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and recently received her Ph.D. in policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her work at RAND focuses on education – early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary – in domestic and international settings. Katz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a B.A. in environmental science summa cum laude. She also holds an M.A. in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University and a California Teaching Credential in chemistry. As a Teach For America corps member, she taught high school environmental science in an underserved community in South Los Angeles. At RAND, Katz conducts interviews, focus groups, surveys, and field observations for several projects, including an evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's effort to implement instructional and human capital reforms in several school districts. Katz has experience in coding and analyzing qualitative data, which includes her work collecting and evaluating qualitative and quantitative indicators of institutional quality for universities in Abu Dhabi.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Project Manager, Environmental Defenders School Assembly Program Evaluation, Goodwin Simon Strategic Research

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight Award, 2014
  • Susan Way-Smith Dissertation Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School, 2013
  • Achievement Award, Columbia University Alumni Association, 2006