Gabriela Armenta

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


M.P.A. in advanced policy and economic analysis, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; Diploma in econometrics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; B.S. in economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México


Gabriela Armenta is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. At RAND, Armenta has conducted quantitative and qualitative evaluations to improve programs targeting vulnerable groups, particularly on the topic of social determinants of health.

Armenta’s current work includes a randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of a food security intervention for people living with HIV in Dominican Republic; the piloting of a qualitative evaluation method, Experience-Based Co-Design, to help improve health service delivery for formerly incarcerated individuals living in Los Angeles; and research on Mexico to understand how retirement savings affect health outcomes in old age. 

Her previous work at RAND includes qualitative and quantitative evaluations of child and maternal health programs in lower and middle-income countries and the U.S., and building a monitoring and evaluation framework for a large U.S. government agency.

Before RAND, Armenta was a field coordinator for a randomized impact evaluation with the World Bank in Jordan, where she assessed the impact of providing free legal services to vulnerable populations. Her experience also includes evaluation and economic analysis of labor and private sector policies for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and Lebanon, and of pension system and health policies in Mexico.

Armenta earned an M.P.A. from Columbia University as well as a B.S. in economics and Diploma in econometrics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.




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