Kathleen Loa

Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in chemistry, Oberlin College; M.P.P., University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy


Kathleen Loa is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in chemistry from Oberlin College.

Loa has held internships at the National Renewable Energy Lab, Securing America's Future Energy, and the Alliance to Save Energy, researching alternative fuel use and VMT in the transportation sector. Prior to that, she worked on a number of presidential and state campaigns and volunteered abroad in India, Mexico, and France. Her interests include alternative fuel use and climate change, oil dependence and national security, financial markets, campaigns and elections, and science and technology policy.


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