Jacqueline Gardner Burns

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Senior Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Master of Public Policy in international policy and development, Georgetown University; Bachelor of Arts in political science, Augsburg College


Jacqueline (Jackie) Burns is a senior policy analyst with the RAND Corporation. Burns joined RAND after after seven years as a strategy advisor at the U.S. Department of State working on international conflict resolution and negotiations in Sudan and South Sudan. During that time, Burns was detailed to the White House National Security Council where she served as the lead coordinator for the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative and the visit of four democratic African Heads of State. Previously, Burns spent over twelve years as an Intelligence Analyst with U.S. Air Force, deploying overseas on multiple occasions in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom and concluding her service in 2013 as a Master Sergeant and Superintendent of Intelligence Operations. Burns holds a Master of Public Policy in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Augsburg College. Burns is interested in conflict and stabilization issues, international and national security questions, and defense and intelligence policy. She recently worked on two U.S. congressional campaigns and is in the process of publishing a paper on sanctions relief in Sudan.