Cristian Cardenas

Cristian Cardenas
Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND


M.B.S. in clinical and regulatory affairs, Keck Graduate Institute; B.S. in biotechnology, University of California-Davis


Cristian Cardenas (he/him) is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has an M.B.S. in clinical and regulatory affairs from Keck Graduate Institute and a B.S. in biotechnology with a minor in philosophy from the University of California, Davis.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a business development manager at the Larta Institute, where he expanded access to non-dilutive funding for federal small business innovation research grant recipients. His primary role involved launching a health and bioscience incubator targeting BIPOC and women entrepreneurs. He chairs the board of the Luminarias Institute, a nonprofit community mental health program providing no-cost clinical therapy to underserved populations in Los Angeles County. His research interests include economic development, sustainable innovation, community mental health, and workforce advocacy. 


  • Infrastructure

    A Case for Promoting Infrastructure Equity for the Olympics

    In 2028, Los Angeles will host the Olympic Games for the third time. A critical factor for successfully hosting will be for planners to ask hard questions early, so the community can collaborate with the organizing committee, informing its response to critical themes such as homes, health, transport, jobs, society, and culture.

    Oct 16, 2023

    The RAND Blog