Sandy Buchan

Executive Director, Career Services, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in industrial organizational psychology, George Mason University; M.B.A., University of Southern California; B.S. in psychology, George Mason University


Sandy Buchan is a career strategist who has more than 15 years of experience advising undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in financial engineering, science, public policy, public administration, health care, city planning and general business. She has conceptualized, created, and implemented career centers at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the USC Marshall School of Business and the USC Price School of Public Policy. She has extensive experience in creating career-enhancing workshops and hosting conferences at UCLA and USC in areas such as multimedia and risk management. Her innovation extends to creating a Wall Street Orientation Program, City Managers Internship Program, Business Externship Programs, and Asian City Planners Internship, and assisting the Clinton Foundation in structuring their fellowship. Her expertise encompasses developing and managing program boards. She has received numerous awards for performance.  She is also the current co-chair of the LA-based Volcker Alliance for Public Service.

Previously, Buchan's non-academic career was with the Central Intelligence Agency, where she debriefed foreign scientists and technologists and contributed to developing a global network of experts who routinely reported on political and scientific activities in the Middle East. She has also turned around a struggling distribution firm and consulted for the International Economic Forum. Buchan holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. in industrial psychology.

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