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 Jonsson is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she completed a seven-year tenure as a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she worked with a variety of public and private sector clients. 

Prior to PwC, Jonsson completed her Master of Public Policy with Pepperdine University. She then served as a Presidential Management Fellow. Jonsson also served as a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Army, Office of International Affairs, and the Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Her duties included facilitating synchronization of security cooperation activities and conducting in-country program assessments. Prior to her Presidental Management 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, municipal policy, and energy and environment.

Honors & Awards

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