Jessica Yeats is Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation where she serves as a quantitative and qualitative analyst and SAS programmer for a variety of research projects across RAND Health and the RAND National Defense Research Institute (NDRI).
Currently, Yeats is part of a team working to strengthen the Medicare STAR rating program used to determine quality-based payments for Medicare Advantage Plans. She also develops models to project the size and composition of Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition and civilian workforces.
Her qualitative work has included organizational assessments and analyses of methods for evaluating the effectiveness of DoD security cooperation activities and strategic communication campaigns. Previously, Yeats served as an analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, where she focused on foreign consequence management and efforts to build partnership capacity.
Prior to joining the Pentagon, she was a program manager at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where she was the recipient William J. Taylor CSIS debate fellowship, awarded annually to one collegiate policy debater. She holds a B.A. in economics from Idaho State University, where she ended her intercollegiate policy debate career as the second speaker at the 2007 National Debate Tournament.
Yeats is currently finishing her doctoral degree at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation addresses the economics of testing and treating high-risk populations for latent tuberculosis infection.