Lisa Jonsson

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


M.P.P., Pepperdine University


Lisa (DuMouchel) Jonsson is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Jonsson recently completed tenure as a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She worked with a variety of public and private sector clients, and her projects varied from serving as analytics lead on a federally mandated mortgage audit of a top-10 national bank to conducting research to develop a database on mental health resources for the Defense Center of Excellence for Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Prior to PwC, Jonsson completed her Master of Public Policy with Pepperdine University. She then served as a Presidential Management Fellow and began her civil service career with the International Trade Administration Office of Policy as a trade analyst. She performed statistical analysis on import and export data and monitored economic indicators of the steel trade. Jonsson also served as a foreign affairs officer with U.S. Army, Office of International Affairs, and the Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Her portfolio included Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and Yemen. Her duties included facilitating synchronization of security cooperation activities and conducting in-country program assessments.

Prior to her fellowship, Jonsson worked in Brussels for an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality education globally. Her research interests include drug policy, housing, criminal justice, voting, and energy and environment.

Honors & Awards

  • Benjamin Franklin Prize, U.S. State Department
  • Presidential Management Fellowship