September 19, 2006
Lynn E. Davis, a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and a former U.S. State Department official, has been appointed director of the nonprofit research organization’s Washington office, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.
Davis returned to RAND in 1997 after working for four years as under secretary of state for arms control and international security affairs. In 1998, she served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Accountability Review Board that investigated the U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa.
Prior to her time at the State Department, Davis was vice president and director of the RAND Arroyo Center, which is the U.S. Army’s only federally funded research and development center. The Arroyo Center conducts objective analytical research on major policy concerns and helps the Army improve overall effectiveness and efficiency.
In addition to her work at RAND and the State Department, Davis has served on the staffs of the secretary of defense, the National Security Council, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She has also taught at Georgetown University, the National War College and Columbia University.
“Lynn has a wealth of experience at RAND, in the policy research community and in dealing with policymakers in Washington,” Thomson said. “She has demonstrated outstanding leadership and led groundbreaking research for RAND’s clients.”
Davis succeeds Bruce Hoffman, who remains an adjunct member of RAND’s staff. He left the director position to become a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Davis is known for such RAND publications as “Stretched Thin: Army Forces for Sustained Operations”; “Army Forces for Homeland Security”; “Coordinating the War on Terrorism”; and “Individual Preparedness and Response to Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, and Biological Terrorist Attacks.”
Davis received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, and her master’s and doctorate in political science from Columbia University.