Iao M. Katagiri

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Community Relations Advisor; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A. in urban policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; B.A. in political science, University of California, Berkeley

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Iao Katagiri retired as RAND's community relations director in 2016, but continues to support RAND's relationships in Santa Monica as an adjunct staff member and member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her work as a community-based nonprofit organization leader maintains her already robust relationships with government officials, business and community leaders, and residents. She is currently board secretary of Providence Saint John's Health Center, cochair of the Early Childhood District Advisory Committee of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, immediate past president of Connections for Children, and past cochair of the City of Santa Monica's Early Childhood Task Force. She also serves on the boards of the Santa Monica College Associates, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, and is first vice chair of the board of WISE & Healthy Aging. She assists RAND research projects and the Pardee RAND Graduate School in activities benefitting from local community participation. Katagiri holds an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Honors & Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
  • President's Award, RAND
  • Community Service Award, League of Women Voters

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Los Angeles Business Journal; Santa Monica Mirror


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